How High Turnover in Mayor's Office Affects Charlotte

In just a two-year span four different people have led the City of Charlotte as its mayor. That’s a very high turnover rate considering that's the normal length of just one term.

People who work closely with the mayor insist the high turnover hasn't affected the city much at all which begs the question; how much power and influence does the mayor actually have?

A lot of faces have filled this office over the past 2 years. Anthony Foxx, Patsy Kinsey, Patrick Cannon, Dan Clodfelter and come November 3rd, voters will choose yet another.

Their choices are Republican Edwin Peacock or Democrat Jennifer Roberts who went head-to-head on "Good Day Charlotte" Wednesday morning.

"A lot of people talk about the future, their children and grandchildren. They want them to have access to opportunity. They want strong schools," said Roberts.

"People are focusing on affordability. People don't want their taxes to increase. We've had two consecutive tax increases," said Peacock.

Despite the political roller coaster these past two years, Natalie English with Charlotte's Chamber of Commerce says it really hasn't impacted whether or not companies move to Charlotte.

"It's not a position that business people worry that constant change-over will necessarily create problems. In our case, our leadership at city staff level and political leadership have been working together," said English.

The mayor is an ambassador for Charlotte and a leader on issues that face the city, but English says the set-up of our local government dictates a "supporting actor" role for the mayor.

"We basically run our local governments in North Carolina like a CEO and a board of directors. Our city manager serves as the CEO of the City of Charlotte. Our city council serves as a board of directors. It is truly a team and not a person who leads Charlotte to success," said English.

We asked both candidates about their thoughts on the high turnover in the mayor's office. Roberts tells us that a stable city staff has helped keep everything moving smoothly. Peacock, however, says the city needs a stable leader. Both hope to be just that during the next two-year term.