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Serving the public

Since 1929, Charlotte has operated under a Council-Manager form of government that divides responsibilities between elected officials and an appointed City Manager.

Citizens elect the Mayor and 11 Council members every two years. The Mayor and four Council members are elected at-large by a citywide vote; seven Council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district. More information about districts and maps.
 
The Mayor and City Council are the “board of directors” of this municipal corporation. As such, they set policy, approve the financing of all City operations and enact ordinances, resolutions and orders. Their responsibilities also include appointing the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and members of various boards and commissions.
 
The City Manager, functioning as the chief operating officer, administers the policy and decisions made by City Council and oversees the day-to-day operations of City government.
 
It is the City Manager’s responsibility to ensure that all City services are delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and to provide vision and leadership to the City organization.

 
Managing our city

City Manager Ron CarleeRon Carlee became the City of Charlotte’s 11th City Manager in April 2013. Prior to joining the
City, Carlee was chief operating officer/executive in residence of ICMA. Over the course of his career, Carlee has served more than 30 years in local government, holding a number of diverse, senior executive positions, including manager of Arlington County, Virginia as well as director of Parks and Recreation and the longtime director of the Department of Human Services. He has also served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. Carlee is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where he began his career in local government as assistant to the Mayor. He earned a doctorate in public administration from The George Mason University; a master’s in urban studies from the University of Alabama; and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montevallo, Alabama.

Focusing on community needs

City Council has adopted the following focus areas to meet community needs. Visit the focus areas website here.
 
Economic Development & Global Competitiveness
Committee Charge: Charlotte will be the most prosperous and livable city for all citizens through quality economic development. Provides a customer-oriented local government approach that supports development of an educated and trained workforce; promotes partnerships to aid local economic growth; retains and attracts quality businesses and contributes to the economy.
 
Transportation & Planning
Committee Charge: Charlotte will be the premier city in the country for integrating land use and transportation choices. Strives to provide a transportation network—including roads, mass transit and pedestrian and bicycle connections—that encourages people and businesses to live, work and locate within Charlotte.
 
Community Safety
Committee Charge: Charlotte will be one of America’s safest communities. Focuses on several initiatives to decrease crime through enforcement and prevention strategies that target specific crime categories or offenders as well as reduce the incidence of property crime and vehicle crashes.
 
Housing & Neighborhood Development
Committee Charge: Creating and sustaining communities of choice for living, working, and recreation. Provides comprehensive initiatives designed to foster economic development and improve quality of life issues in Charlotte’s older, urban neighborhoods and business areas.
 
Environment
Committee Charge: Charlotte will become a national leader in environmental sustainability, preserving our natural resources while balancing growth with sound fiscal policy. Addresses City policies for air and water quality, land preservation and energy and resource conservation to protect our resources and better manage growth.
 
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Charlotte City Council (2013-15)
 

Mayor Pro Tem Michael BarnesMichael D. Barnes, Mayor Pro-Tem - 704-509-6141 barnesforcharlotte@gmail.com
Barnes, a Democrat, is serving his fifth term on City Council. For four terms, he served as council member representing District 4. In 2013, he was elected at-large and was chosen by his peers to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. Barnes is the City Council representative for Charlotte Center City Partners and is a member of the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission. He is also a member of the board of University City Partners. During his time on council, he has also served as chair of the Budget Committee and vice chair of the Transportation and Planning Committee. Barnes received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He is currently the managing member of Barnes Law Office, PLLC.
 
At Large Claire FallonClaire Green-Fallon, At-Large - 704-336-6105, cfallon@charlottenc.gov
Fallon, a Democrat, is an At-Large representative on Charlotte City Council. She was elected in 2011 and is serving her first term on Council. Fallon serves on the board of the Housing Trust and was a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance, the Mixed Income Housing Coalition of Mecklenburg County, and Committee of 21 for Charlotte-Mecklenburg roads and infrastructure. Fallon graduated from the New York School of Interior Design and attended Queens College New York and New York University. Fallon was voted one of the 50 most influential women in Mecklenburg County by the Mecklenburg Times in 2010.
 
At Large David HowardDavid Howard, At-Large - 704-336-4099, info@davidhowardclt.com
Howard, a Democrat, was elected in 2009 and is serving his third term on Council. Howard is the Council Representative for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation and a Council Representative for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO).He was born in Charlotte and has been Vice President of Special Projects and Community Affairs of The Housing Partnership since 1997. Howard is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a BA in sociology and a certification as a housing development finance professional from the National Development Council.
 
At Large Vi LylesVi Alexander Lyles, At-Large - 704-336-3431, vlyles@charlottenc.gov
Lyles, a Democrat, is an At-Large representative on Charlotte City Council. She was elected in 2013 and is serving her first term on Council. She has served as the startup director for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing, working with a citizen's advisory group to revitalize the local government plan to prevent and end homelessness. In 2012, she served as the director of community outreach for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has a bachelor of arts in political science from Queens University and a master of public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

District 1 Patsy KinseyPatsy Kinsey, District 1 - 704-336-3432, pkinsey@charlottenc.gov
Kinsey, a Democrat, is serving her sixth term as a member of City Council from District 1. Kinsey became Charlotte’s second female Mayor after being appointed to the office by her colleagues on City Council to serve out the remaining term of former Mayor Anthony Foxx from July to December 2013. Kinsey was first elected in 2003 to serve her fifth term on Council. She is the Council representative to the Discovery Place Board of Directors as well as the Centralina Council of Governments (COG) Executive Board, where she serves as secretary. She also serves on the Board of Charlotte Center City Partners.
 
District 2 Al AustinAlvin Austin, District 2 - 704-336-3185, aaustin@charlottenc.gov
Austin, a Democrat, was elected in 2013 and is currently serving his first term on Charlotte City Council.
He is the Major Gifts Officer for the Division of Institutional Advancement at Johnson C. Smith University. Austin served as the Executive Director of the McCrorey Family YMCA located in the Northwest Corridor of Charlotte from 2009 until 2012. Austin also served as Assistant Director of Public Relations with the Charlotte Housing Authority, National Public Relations Director for the American Association of Minority Businesses and Ground Transportation Supervisor for Charlotte Douglas International. He also served as the Vehicles for Hire Inspector with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received bachelor of sciences degrees in sociology and criminal justice administration.
 
District 2 LaWana MayfieldLawana Mayfield, District 3 - 704-336-3435
Mayfield, a Democrat, represents District 3 on Charlotte City Council. She was elected in 2011 and will be serving her second term beginning December 2, 2013. Previous public service included formerly chairing the Youth and Gang Violence subcommittee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, served as an steering committee member with the Mecklenburg Political Action Committee, and as a community advocate with the Charlotte Community Justice Coalition.
 
District 4 Gregg PhippsGregg Phipps, District 4 - 704-336-3436, gaphipps@charlottenc.gov
Phipps, a Democrat, represents District 4 on Charlotte City Council. Prior to his election in November 2013, he was appointed in January 2005 to fill the unexpired 10-month term of former District 4 council member Malcolm Graham upon his election to the North Carolina legislature. Phipps served as chair of the Keep Charlotte Beautiful Committee from 2006 to 2009 and was appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, where he served until his election to City Council. He is a graduate of the CMPD Citizens Academy, former member of the CMPD University City Leadership Council, president of Back Creek-II homeowners’ association and an organizer of Precinct 204.
 
District 5 John AutryJohn Autry, District 5 - 704-336-2777, jautry@charlottenc.gov
John Autry, a Democrat, represents District 5 on Charlotte City Council. He was elected in 2011 and is serving his second term on Council. Autry is a member of the executive committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party and elected to two terms on the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Courage Award from the Charlotte Black Political Caucus. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America, and serves on the board of the Coventry Woods Neighborhood Association. Autry is chief technology officer and partner at W.A.R.N., LLC.
 
District 6 Kenny SmithKenny Smith, District 6 - 704-336-3433, krsmith@charlottenc.gov
Kenny Smith, a Republican, was elected in 2013 and is currently serving his first term on Charlotte City Council. Smith was born in Charlotte at Presbyterian Hospital and has lived almost his entire life within Charlotte’s District 6. He and his wife, Bridget, along with their three children and dog, live a half-mile from his childhood home. Shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has served as regional sales manager for the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company. During his tenure as a regional sales manager, and since 2005has worked in commercial real estate.
 
District 7 Ed DriggsEdmund H. Driggs, District 7 - 704-432-7077, ed@eddriggs.com
Driggs, a Republican, was elected in 2013 and is serving his first term on City Council. During his career at major financial institutions, Driggs specialized in arranging financings and securities offerings for corporate clients and advising them on strategic transactions.  After retiring in 2001, he moved to South Charlotte with his wife Caroline and their two children, who are both CMS graduates. Driggs has served on the boards of WTVI and Communities in Schools as well as on the President’s Council at Central Piedmont Community College. Driggs holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and pursued graduate studies in mathematical economics at the Free University of Berlin and Oxford University. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, retiring from the reserves in 1987.


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Council Committees

Economic Development & Global Competitiveness
Chair: Michael Barnes
Vice Chair: Vi Lyles
Members: Alvin Austin, Claire Fallon and LaWana Mayfield
Staff Resource: Ron Kimble

Transportation & Planning
Chair: Vi Lyles
Vice Chair: David Howard
Members: Patsy Kinsey, Greg Phipps and Kenny Smith
Staff Resource: Debra Campbell
 
Community Safety
Chair: Claire Fallon
Vice Chair: Michael Barnes
Members: Alvin Austin, Greg Phipps and Kenny Smith
Staff Resource: Eric Campbell
 
Housing & Neighborhood Development
Chair: Patsy Kinsey
Vice Chair: Alvin Austin
Members: John Autry, Ed Driggs and LaWana Mayfield
Staff Resource: Ann Wall
 
Environment
Chair: John Autry
Vice Chair: Ed Driggs
Members: David Howard, Claire Fallon and Kenny Smith
Staff Resource: Hyong Yi
 
Intergovernmental Governmental Affairs
Chair: Ed Driggs
Vice Chair: Claire Fallon
Members: David Howard, Kenny Smith and LaWana Mayfield
Staff Resource: Ron Kimble 

Budget
Chair: Greg Phipps
Vice Chair: Ed Driggs
Members: Vi Lyles, LaWana Mayfield and Patsy Kinsey
Staff Resource: Hyong Yi 
 
Governance & Accountability
Chair: David Howard
Vice Chair: LaWana Mayfield
Members: John Autry, Patsy Kinsey and Greg Phipps
Staff Resource: Hyong Yi