NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander confirmed to 10 On Your Side Tuesday that City Manager Marcus Jones is leaving for Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jones will take over as City Manager in Charlotte, effective December 1. The mayor said Jones has been discussing this move for nearly a year.
Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the nation. The city grew by almost 18,000 residents in 2015 — the fourth fastest growing large city in the U.S.
“The City of Norfolk is an incredible place with phenomenal people,” Jones said. “I love Norfolk and am very proud of what our city has accomplished together. Only an extraordinary opportunity, such as the chance to work with the 800,000 people of Charlotte, could have attracted my interest.”
In a statement issued to WAVY News, Mayor Alexander said the city “has been blessed with his leadership for 10 years.”
Read the mayor’s full statement below:
I am proud to announce that Marcus Jones, our city manager, has accepted an appointed to serve as the city manager for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was in conversation for this position for a little less than a year. Norfolk has been blessed with his leadership for ten years. He served as director of budget and grants management and assistant city manager from 2004 to 2009, and as city manager from 2011 until this year. It is a testament to Norfolk that we attract hard working and visionary public administrators like Marcus who will always be sought after to manage great cities. Marcus will be leaving the second largest city in Virginia to lead the second largest city in the southeast and the third fastest growing major city in the country.
As someone who has known him for years, I am pleased that he has decided to accept this appointment. I met Marcus early in his career during his service as a staff member for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. His intellect, innovation, and diligence left an impression on both sides of the aisle during his service as Deputy Secretary of Finance during then Gov. Mark R. Warner’s administration.
Marcus has successfully led our city through unique economic and social challenges, and will leave after serving as a trusted counsel to two mayors. Norfolk achieved and continues to maintain its highest bond rating in history because of his sound fiscal management.
Norfolk is not just the hub of Hampton Roads for transportation, services, media, higher education, health-care, and entertainment – we lead the region in developing talent. Without a doubt, this city has molded Marcus and made him a better steward of the public trust. On behalf of Norfolk’s City Council, Team Norfolk, and the citizens of this great city we wish him the best.”
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