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Council tight-lipped on Raleigh manager search

Posted September 20, 2013

— City Council members met behind closed doors for almost two hours Friday morning to discuss the selection of Raleigh's next city manager.

Members declined to say whether they voted to offer a contract to any of the four finalists, only reiterating that they hope to name a new manager by Oct. 1.

The council in April fired City Manager Russell Allen, who had overseen municipal operations for 12 years. Mayor Nancy McFarlane said at the time that Raleigh needs a new perspective as it grows and looks toward the future.

The four finalists were chosen last week from 80 applications from across the country, and council members interviewed each of the four Wednesday and Thursday.

The names of the finalists haven't been released.

Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin, who voted against Allen's ouster, said Friday that she was impressed with all of the finalists and that any of them would be a good fit for Raleigh.

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Although some of the council members appeared unhappy as they left the Raleigh Marriott City Center after the meeting, McFarlane said the discussions went well.

"We had a really good discussion. It was very thoughtful," she said. "(The finalists) are all incredibly well-qualified. They all bring very different strengths to the table."

No details about when the council will meet again were released.

Raleigh Chief Financial Officer Perry James has been serving as interim city manager since Allen left in early July.


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  • ConservativeVoter Sep 23, 2013

    They should promote from within instead of hiring a professional job hopper who's looking to use the stop in Raleigh to further build his/her resume.

  • willishelley Sep 23, 2013

    what about the cost for all of this and how much the severance will be after 6 months of work and they resign?

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 23, 2013

    I'm curious to see which "yes man/woman" the City Council hires to be the next City Manager.

    Allen's biggest problem was that he would stand up to the City Council and tell them when they were wrong.

    Meeker respected Allen for having his own opinion and expressing it.

    Obviously the new mayor doesn't like a city manager having his own opinions that disagree with hers.

  • westernwake1 Sep 20, 2013

    First the Raleigh City Council needs to properly address why they fired City Manager Russell Allen - who was very competent and successfully managed the city for years.

    It appears that the petty city council fired Allen because they could not get personal permanently reserved parking spots close to the building for their sessions. Or should I say that Allen did not immediately accede to their demands and provide parking spaces within 10 minutes.

    Maybe the City Council needs to be fired for their incompetence, immaturity, and out of control egos.