MONROE, N.C. -- A city that has struggled to keep a city manager has chosen someone to fill in for the job.

Robert Hites has been named as Monroe s temporary city manager.

Hites formerly served as the city manager of Statesville. He says his priority while in office will be to help set up the budget for next year.

I have a sense of a path that I understand. They re in very good financial shape, he said.

Last week, the city hired a search firm to find an interim and permanent city manager after the council voted to fire John D Agostino.

This will be Monroe s fifth time searching for a city manager within the last eight years.

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