CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Councilors have a big decision to make now that they've heard from the three finalists in their search for the next city manager.

Councilors met behind closed doors on Thursday, March 7, but they wouldn’t comment on what they talked about in their closed session, during which they said they were discussing a "personnel issue.”

On Wednesday, those three candidates took part in a public interview process at the Jefferson School.

During those interviews, the three finalists were asked questions on topics including racial division, affordable housing, and transparency.

The candidates are Michael Mallinoff, who most recently worked as county administrator of Charles County, Maryland, Tarron Richardson, who’s currently the city manager of Desoto, Texas, and Theodore Voorhees, who serves as the county administrator for Powhatan County.

City Council is still accepting public feedback on the candidates, which can be emailed to

The city says a decision will be announced soon, but no timeline has yet been provided.

Councilors transitioned into a public work session on the city's budget after their closed meeting, which they say does include some proposed tax increases.