City Manager

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The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Charlottesville and is responsible for implementing City Council's policies and priorities. Mike Murphy was named as interim city manager on July 31, 2018. [1]

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The city manager form of government dates back to September 1, 1922. Three councilors were elected that year followed by two more in 1923. [2] Prior to that, Charlottesville had a strong-mayor form of government with a bicameral legislature consisting of a Board of Alderman and a Common Council. [3]

However the position of city manager was created in 1913. [4]

2018 and 2019 search for a new manager

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Round One Interviews

Thirty-seven people applied for the position. Council held a special meeting on February 20 to interview candidates. [5]

Round Two Interviews

Council settled on three finalists who were to be interviewed on public on March 6, 2019. They are:[6]

2010 Search for a new manager

Gary O'Connell stepped down as city manager in April 2010. After a search, three finalists were named including Jones. The other two candidates are East Providence Rhode Island City Manager Richard Brown and Columbia Missouri Assistant City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins[8].

City Managers of the City of Charlottesville

Name Service
Hubert A. Stecker 1917
W. Washabaugh[9] 1922
Boyd Bennett 1943-1945
Seth Burnley 19xx-1948 Left in June 1948 to become city manager of Staunton
James E. Bowen[10] 1948-
Cole Hendrix[11] 1971-1996
Gary B. O'Connell 1995-2010
Maurice Jones 2010-2018
Mike Murphy, interim 2018-Present


  1. Web. Murphy named interim city manager, Bryan McKenzie, News Article, Daily Progress, July 31, 2018, retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. Print: McCue Bill Would Alter Election of Councilmen, Don Devore, Daily Progress, Lindsay family January 23, 1960, Page .
  3. Print: Burrows Proposes New Bill for Vote on Annexation, , Daily Progress, Lindsay family February , 1960, Page .
  4. Web. The American City, Volume 17, December 1917, retrieved June 8, 2016 from Google Books.
  5. Web. Charlottesville Continues Search for New City Manager, Henry Graff, News Article, NBC29, February 20, 2019, retrieved February 24, 2019.
  7. Web. City manager search narrowed to three candidates, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 5, 2019, retrieved March 6, 2019.
  8. Web. New C'Ville City Manager Picked, NBC 29, retrieved November 23, 2010.
  9. Web. Financial Needs of Departments, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 8, 1922, retrieved March 26, 2019 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 8, 1922 page 2.
  10. Web. Bowen is Named Acting Manager by City Council, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, June 1, 1948, retrieved March 26, 2019 from University of Virginia Library. Print. June 1, 1948 page 1.
  11. Web. 1970-12-21, J.S. Rush, Jr., City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA, December 21, 1970, retrieved March 26, 2019.