Asheville's new City Manager coming from Charlotte

Asheville's new City Manager?

Jason Sandford at Ashevegas with this scoop:


When I covered Charlotte city government as a reporter, I sat through many presentations and rezonings led by Campbell. She was doing a lot of the work on the controversial transit-related developments along the light rail line.

She later became the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Director in 2004.

I'm very interested to see how her experience in pro-growth Charlotte works with an Asheville City Council that seems beholden to a virulent NIMBYism within its base of voters. Campbell's experience will be valuable on managing growth policies, but it appears this will be her first role overseeing operations unrelated to development.

Debra Campbell currently serves as an Assistant City Manager with the City of Charlotte. In this role, Debra provides technical and managerial support to Planning, Transportation and the Charlotte Area Transit departments.  

For example, we have no way of knowing her views and governing philosophy on policing and crime - which are pretty big issues in any city.

This is not Campbell's fault. The City Council decided to cut short the hiring process yesterday, cancelling the public meet-and-greets with the final candidates under consideration.

UPDATE: According to the Greenville Journal, Campbell withdrew from final consideration for that city's Manager position today.

Pete's Prep Sheet: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

  • The Democrat and Republican running for Buncombe County Sheriff debated again yesterday. The Citizen-Times headline says they "clashed," but the article doesn't seem to support that hype.

  • The state board investigating a campaign finance complaint against Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) says it will postpone its hearing - after WBTV reported that the investigation isn't completed. The Board Chair - a Democrat - says he didn't think improper to hold the hearing on the first day of early voting. The complaint was filed by a Democrat activist (called a "government watchdog" by WBTV).  

  • A city council candidate in Wyoming has been selling worn panties and gym shorts as part of an online retail operation. After being... exposed... she has shut down her anonymous site and is considering dropping out of the race.

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