Charlottesville City Council will announce its selection for city manager Wednesday, after an approximately four month search for a permanent hire for the position.

Interim City Manager Michael Rogers has filled the post for the last year and a half, and had been one of three final candidates in the running. But he removed himself from contention last week, announcing to City Council his intention to return to the Washington, D.C. area. 

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City manager is Charlottesville’s top job and is the head of all city departments. They are hired, fired and ultimately answer to City Council, but also have autonomy to lead the city. The City Council makes policy decisions. The city manager is responsible for enacting them in a practical way.

Charlottesville has been through five separate city managers since 2017. The hire on Wednesday will be the sixth in six years.

City Council will announce its selection at a press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at City Space at 100 5th St. NE on the Downtown Mall. The event is open to the public. They will also live stream it online at this link.

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