Charlottesville Approves Richardson's Contract to Become Next City Manager
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville community is getting its first introduction to the new city manager, Tarron Richardson.
On Monday, April 15, the city hosted a press event to introduce Richardson and later that night City Council officially approved his contract.
Richardson sat in on Monday night's City Council meeting as councilors unanimously approved his employment.
And 35 days from now, Richardson will be seated at the dais for his first council meeting as Charlottesville's city manager.
“We’re very, very grateful that you’re coming here,” Councilor Kathy Galvin said.
Richardson comes to Charlottesville with 17 years of local government experience by way of Desoto, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia.
“It’s clear that you have a deep and abiding love for the downtown area and the whole city and that it kinda feels like you’re coming home,” Galvin said.
Hours before council's meeting, the city hosted a press conference to officially introduce Richardson.
“I am extremely excited and honored to be your new city manager,” Richardson said at that event.
Richardson will begin his duties starting Monday, May 13, and he’ll make $205,000 a year plus a $10,000 bonus if he receives a positive evaluation in December.
“His leadership qualities coupled with his high integrity and ability to connect with a wide range of stakeholders give me great confidence in his capacity to run this city not only effectively, but efficiently,” Vice Mayor Heather Hill said.
Richardson says he’s ready to hit the ground running and get out into the community.
“I will spend a significant amount of time during my first couple of months of being city manager meeting with staff, residents, business owners, and other external agencies in an effort to getting a better understanding of our organizational efficiency and effectiveness,” Richardson said.
Richardson will now have 90 days to secure permanent housing in the city.
Charlottesville will also be providing a $6,000 moving stipend.
His first day will be on May 13, and his first council meeting will be on May 20.