Charlotte City Council votes Marcus Jones as new city manager

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Charlotte City Council made a major hire official on Wednesday evening. Members voted in open session to select Marcus D. Jones as the next city manager of the City of Charlotte.

"I am honored to work with residents, staff and council as the new city manager of Charlotte," said Jones. "Charlotte is a growing, diverse and innovative city with a thriving future. I look forward to working in partnership with residents, the business community and city staff.  We will develop and create priorities that align with the city's vision for the future."

Officials said Jones is currently the city manager in Norfolk, Va., a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that, Jones was the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Finance and Administration for the city of Richmond, Va., and Assistant City Manager for Norfolk. 

During city council's meeting on Wednesday Councilman Driggs said Jones has a strong reputation of managing racial issues as a city manager candidate. 

Jones was unanimously voted in to the position. 

"We are going to listen and we are going to inform. We are not going to make any small plans," Jones said. 

Jones has more than 23 years of public service including serving as Deputy Secretary of Finance for two governors in Virginia. 

The city solicited input from the community, received 33 applications for the city manager position and interviewed six candidates before selecting Jones.

Jones will earn $300,000 annually and $29,000 in deferred compensation. His start date is December 1, 2016.

FOX 46 Charlotte will have more on this announcement at 10 p.m.