Charlottesville is an independent city in the state of Virginia with a population of 40,745. It is home to the University of Virginia which provides another 9,000 part-time residents. Charlottesville is located on 10.4 square miles of land and is completely surrounded by Albemarle County. Charlottesville is also the County seat, though it is an independent city with a separate government.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the two jurisdictions as one of 363 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the nation. Its 2005 population of 188,016 ranked 212th in the nation. The MSA also includes Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson Counties.
Charlottesville Tomorrow provides coverage of the City Council and the City Planning Commission, as well as infrastructure projects overseen by the City's Department of Neighborhood Development Services and the Department of Public Works.
Charlottesville's city government is run by a City Manager who is supervised by a five member City Council. Councilors are elected every other November to four-year terms. The next election is scheduled for November 3, 2009. The seats currently held by Councilors Dave Norris and Julian Taliaferro will be open, and there is no word yet on whether both men will seek re-election.
The current City Manager is Gary O'Connell, who oversees a city staff with 931 full-time equivalents spread across several departments. Charlottesville Tomorrow provides coverage of activities by the City Planning Commission, The Department of Neighborhood Development Services, the Department of Public Works as well as City Council. Increasingly we have been writing stories about the expanding role the Charlottesville Fire Department wants to play in providing Emergency Medical Services in the City.
- Gary O'Connell, City Manager
- Craig Brown, City Attorney
- Richard Harris, Deputy City Attorney
- Jim Tolbert, Director of Neighborhood Development Services
- Mike Svetz, Director of Parks and Recreation
- Judith Mueller, Director of Public Works
Charlottesville is home to several neighborhoods.
The City buys water from the RWSA and charges residents directly.
The City builds it own roads.
The City recently voted to approve the lease-purchase of two ambulances so that it can begin providing its own ambulance service in 2008. Previously, emergency medical service (EMS) was provided by the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad.
Any locality enters into numerous legal agreements. These agreements are of particular interest to Charlottesville Tomorrow.
The City has an online Jobs Board []
Authors Bert Sperling and Peter Sander selected Charlottesville as the best place to live in the United States for the year 2004.
- http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=154, City website, retrieved on 20080326
- [http://www.charlottesville.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9698, O'Connell's March 3 presentation to Council, retrieved on 2008-03-26