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Some Details Obscured in Contract for Charlottesville's Interim City Manager Murphy

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Redactions in the new Charlottesville interim city manager's contract are causing some concerns.

Members of Charlottesville City Council voted 3-0 last week to offer then-Assistant City Manager Mike Murphy the interim job.

Under his contract, released over the weekend, Murphy will remain at his current salary of more than $152,000. However, part of his benefits section is redacted.

"They deserve to be able to see the terms that this person will be operating under. More specifically, it seems unusual that such a public dispute about how this position is filled, there's intense local interest about this and redactions only further suspicions and distrust,"said Megan Rhyne with the Virginia Coalition for Open Government.

VCOG says the state code used by the city as its reason for not revealing that information could be incorrect.

“These positions wield an extraordinary amount of influence, and they are among the most important positions in a jurisdiction and taxpayers are the one who are paying for these positions and the ones who will be impacted by the decisions that they make," Rhyne said.

Councilors are set to officially ratify Murphy's contract at their meeting Monday, August 6.

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