Charlottesville picks internal candidate as interim manager

July 31, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville has picked a longtime city employee to serve as its interim city manager.

The city announced Michael Murphy’s hiring in a news release Tuesday that said the 47-year-old joined the city staff in 1995. He’s been assistant city manager since August 2015.

His appointment comes after the city council voted in May not to renew manager Maurice Jones’ contract. Jones and other city leaders faced criticism in the aftermath of last summer’s white nationalist rally.

The city says Murphy has been heavily involved in planning for the Aug. 10-12 weekend marking the rally anniversary.

Jones’ last day was Tuesday. He’s accepted a job as the town manager of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The city has retained an outside firm to assist in its recruitment process for the permanent position.

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