The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, is the Chief Executive Officer for the City of Charlottesville. This office is responsible for implementing the policies and directives of the City Council throughout the various City departments and agencies.
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at the pleasure of the governing body and acts as the City’s Chief Executive Officer. The City Council delegates broad administrative power to the City Manager subject to its review. Qualifications, powers and duties of the City Manager are provided for in the City Charter.
Assistant City Managers
- Mike Murphy, (August 1, 2015 to present)
City departments and agencies
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The city manager form of government dates back to September 1, 1922. Three councilors were elected that year followed by two more in 1923.  Prior to that, Charlottesville had a strong-mayor form of government with a bicameral legislature consisting of a Board of Alderman and a Common Council. 
However the position of city manager was created in 1913. 
2018 and 2019 search for a new manager
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Round One Interviews
Thirty-seven people applied for the position. Council held a special meeting on February 20 to interview candidates. 
Round Two Interviews
2010 Search for a new manager
Gary O'Connell stepped down as city manager in April 2010. After a search, three finalists were named including Jones. The other two candidates are East Providence Rhode Island City Manager Richard Brown and Columbia Missouri Assistant City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins.
City Managers of the City of Charlottesville
|Hubert A. Stecker||1917|
|Seth Burnley||19xx-1948||Left in June 1948 to become city manager of Staunton|
|James E. Bowen||1948-|
|Gary B. O'Connell||1995-2010|
|Mike Murphy, interim||2018-2019|
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- Print: Burrows Proposes New Bill for Vote on Annexation, , Daily Progress, Lindsay family February , 1960, Page .
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- Web. City manager search narrowed to three candidates, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 5, 2019, retrieved March 6, 2019.
- Web. New C'Ville City Manager Picked, NBC 29, retrieved November 23, 2010.
- Web. Financial Needs of Departments, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 8, 1922, retrieved March 26, 2019 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 8, 1922 page 2.
- Web. Bowen is Named Acting Manager by City Council, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, June 1, 1948, retrieved March 26, 2019 from University of Virginia Library. Print. June 1, 1948 page 1.
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