In a hastily called special meeting, three Charlottesville city councilors appointed an interim city manager — who will also serve as emergency management director — less than two weeks before the anniversary of last year’s deadly white supremacist rally.

Councilors Kathy Galvin, Wes Bellamy and Mike Signer voted to appoint Assistant City Manager Mike Murphy, 47, to the temporary position.

Mayor Nikuyah Walker, who is out of the state, could not be reached by phone for the meeting. Councilor Heather Hill listened to the meeting over the phone but did not vote.