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Since 1929, Charlotte has operated under a Council-Manager form of government that divides responsibilities between elected officials and an appointed city manager.

Citizens elect the mayor and 11 council members every two years. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a citywide vote; seven council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district. More information about districts and maps.
The mayor and city council are the “board of directors” of this municipal corporation. As such, they set policy, approve the financing of all City operations and enact ordinances, resolutions and orders. Their responsibilities also include appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various boards and commissions.
The city manager, functioning as the chief operating officer, administers the policy and decisions made by city council and oversees the day-to-day operations of City government.
It is the city manager’s responsibility to ensure that all City services are delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and to provide vision and leadership to the City organization.​​
Managing our city

City Manager Ron Carlee Ron Carlee became the City of Charlotte’s 11th city manager in April 2013. Prior to joining the
City, Carlee was chief operating officer/executive in residence of ICMA. 

Over the course of his career, Carlee has served more than 30 years in local government, holding a number of diverse, senior executive positions, including manager of Arlington County, Virginia as well as its director of Parks and Recreation and the longtime director of the Department of Human Services. 

He has also served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. Carlee is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where he began his career in local government as assistant to the mayor. 

He earned a doctorate in public administration from The George Mason University; a master’s in urban studies from the University of Alabama; and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montevallo, Alabama.

  Charlotte City Council (2015-2017)

Charlotte City Council, 2015-2017 term
(Left to right) Al Austin, James Mitchell, Julie Eiselt, John Autry, LaWana Mayfield, Mayor Jennifer Roberts, 
Greg Phipps, Kenny Smith, Claire Fallon, Ed Driggs, Patsy Kinsey and Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles

Meet the Councilmembers | Learn about Council's Focus Areas​ | Contact Charlotte City Council


Connecting with the community

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Attend City meetings
Government Center: 600 East Fourth Street (map)
Parking at 232 South Davidson Street
​First Monday​Workshop​5 p.m.
Citizens forum​​7:30 p.m.
​Second Monday​Business meeting​7 p.m.
​Third Monday​Zoning meeting​6 p.m.
​Fourth Monday​Citizens forum​6:30 p.m.
​Business meeting​7 p.m.

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