Councilors hold emergency meeting to discuss open high-level positions in Charlottesville

Councilors hold emergency meeting to discuss open high-level positions in Charlottesville
City councilors held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss several high level open positions in Charlottesville (Source: wvir)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -With several top positions open in the city, members for Charlottesville City Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday to decide how best to move forward.

City Manager Tarron Richardson resigned back in September 2020. In November, the city hired Parag Agrawal as the new neighborhood development services director, but he abruptly resigned before beginning the role. Human Resources Director Michele Vineyard also left that same month.

“The amount of vacancies in the city’s staff and the amount of instability has put the city in a very difficult situation. The stability of the city’s staff is the foundation for council to be able to do anything and that foundation has cracked and it has to be rebuilt,” Councilor Michael Payne said. “If things were going well then we wouldn’t be here, so clearly there are things that need to change. So, evaluating what those things are and being able to communicate as a council what our plan is to rebuild that foundation.”

Until that happens, Payne said many of council’s priorities will remain stalled.

“About our climate action plan, implementing our affordable housing strategy, implementing the community conversations around reallocating money for public safety and human services,” the councilor said.

Payne said there is no set timeline to fill these positions.

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