Does the Charlottesville community really get to choose who controls the levers of power in City Hall? City officials will be talking about that in the next few months.

As the city is preparing to search for a new permanent city manager to succeed Maurice Jones, the City Council wants to hold concurrent discussions about whether the city should amend its charter to make the mayor a publicly elected position with more power.

“‘I’m not sure the mayor should have complete veto power or be some kind of dictator, but they could have a different level of influence and it would help with accountability,” Councilor Wes Bellamy said last week.