Charlottesville City Manager Responds to Criticism Following Unite the Right Rally
Charlottesville city manager is firing back at claims made by Mayor Mike Signer about the city's preparations and response to the Unite the Right rally.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville's city manager, Maurice Jones, is firing back at claims made by Mayor Mike Signer about the city's preparations and response to the Unite the Right rally.
Friday, The Daily Progress obtained a confidential memo outlining concerns from the mayor and city councilors to City Manager Maurice Jones ahead of a closed-door City Council meeting Thursday, August 24.
Saturday, Jones issued a response in a five page letter, arguing 16 points that are brought up in that confidential memo.
Jones says city staff moved forward with plans to relocate the rally even though the "will of council" to move the rally from emancipation to McIntire Park was never clear.
In response to concerns about police officers ignoring people asking for help, Jones says police commanders will review body camera footage from each officer assigned to the rally and counterprotest.
Jones also claims Mayor Signer threatened his job and the police chief's job twice during the height of the crisis. He told Jones, "you work for me".
NBC29 reached out to Mayor Signer to respond to these remarks by Jones. It said,
Mr. Jones does work for City Council-and for the citizens of Charlottesville. It saddens me that he would release confidential closed session material in a blame game. This is a distraction from the two real issues: making sure we know the truth of everything that happened here, and making sure it never happens again. That's what we should all be working on-together.