The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Charlottesville and is responsible for implementing City Council's policies and priorities. Mike Murphy was named as interim city manager on July 31, 2018. 
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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. 
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|
|James E. Bowen||1948-|
|Gary B. O'Connell||1995-2010|
|Mike Murphy, interim||2018-Present|
Former City Managers
- Hubert A. Stecker - appointed in 1917
- W. Washabaugh - 1922 
- Boyd Bennett
- Seth Burnley - Left in June 1948 to become city manager of Staunton
- James E. Bowen - Appointed in June 1948  Left in December 1970 
- Cole Hendrix - Appointed in December 1970 
- Gary O'Connell
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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. Bowen is Named Acting Manager by City Council, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, June 1, 1948, retrieved October 14, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. June 1, 1948 page 1.
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