Harry Jones http://wfae.org en Mecklenburg County Tasks New Manager With Changing Culture http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-county-tasks-new-manager-changing-culture <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners have hired from within to replace long-time county manager Harry Jones. Assistant County Manager Dena Diorio landed the job last night, seven months after Jones’ firing initiated a national search for a new leader.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:03:35 +0000 Ben Bradford 41347 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg County Tasks New Manager With Changing Culture Cotham Answers Nay-sayers Over Firing With Poll http://wfae.org/post/cotham-answers-nay-sayers-over-firing-poll <p>Mecklenburg County Chairman Pat Cotham has taken a lot of heat for the firing of County Manager Harry Jones last week.&nbsp; So she’s decided to fire back at her nay-sayers by releasing <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/MecklenburgPollingMemo51613.pdf">results of a poll</a> she commissioned.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:27:57 +0000 Lisa Miller 27456 at http://wfae.org Cotham Answers Nay-sayers Over Firing With Poll Mecklenburg County Commission Wants More Active Role In Governing http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-county-commission-wants-more-active-role-governing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mecklenburg County commissioners are now looking for a new county manager after they fired Harry Jones Tuesday night.&nbsp; One thing is clear in the shake-up: the new manager won’t have as much autonomy.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">County government has had its problems of late. &nbsp;For starters, there was the botched 2011 property revaluation.</span></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 13:35:09 +0000 Lisa Miller 26906 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg County Commission Wants More Active Role In Governing County Commission Fires Harry Jones http://wfae.org/post/county-commission-fires-harry-jones <p>After months of growing tensions between longtime Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones and county commissioners, the board voted Tuesday to terminate Jones.</p><p>His firing was swift, and seemed well-orchestrated. After a 6-2 vote with Dumont Clarke and Vice Chairwoman Kim Ratliff opposing, the board ended Jones’ contract shortly after it emerged from a three-hour closed session. Commissioner George Dunlap was absent.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 02:25:58 +0000 David Perlmutt/Charlotte Observer 26828 at http://wfae.org County Commission Fires Harry Jones Mecklenburg Commissioners And County Staff Get Counseling http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-commissioners-and-county-staff-get-counseling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new Mecklenburg County commission and county staff members haven’t gotten off to a good start.&nbsp; Improving that rocky relationship was at the top of the agenda of a three day planning session that kicked off Wednesday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commissioners and County Manager Harry Jones are locked in a marriage of sorts. &nbsp;Right now, it’s not a good one.&nbsp; Everyone agrees communication could be a lot better.&nbsp; For that reason, Jones decided the planning session would begin with a sit down.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:14:43 +0000 Lisa Miller 20488 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg Commissioners And County Staff Get Counseling Meck Tax Assessor Resigns, Faulty Reval Stymies Commission http://wfae.org/post/meck-tax-assessor-resigns-faulty-reval-stymies-commission <p></p><p>The tax assessor who oversaw Mecklenburg County's much-maligned 2011 revaluation is <em>out</em>. County Commissioners announced Tuesday night that assessor Garrett Alexander has resigned, but they put off a final decision on how to handle problems with the revaluation.&nbsp;</p><p>It was an awkward night for County Manager Harry Jones. Eight months ago he was adamant the revaluation did not need reexamining.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:21:15 +0000 Julie Rose 16261 at http://wfae.org Meck Tax Assessor Resigns, Faulty Reval Stymies Commission To Re-Do Or Not To Re-Do? Meck Commission Debates Tuesday http://wfae.org/post/re-do-or-not-re-do-meck-commission-debates-tuesday <p></p><p>A growing chorus of Mecklenburg County citizens <em>and</em> elected officials is calling for a complete re-do of the 2011 property tax revaluation. The independent review completed last week found most of the new property values are accurate. But values in a small percentage of neighborhoods – perhaps 10 percent – are significantly out-of-whack, according to the report.&nbsp;</p><p>So now what? The Mecklenburg County commission meets Tuesday night at 6 p.m. to discuss.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:20:00 +0000 Julie Rose 16210 at http://wfae.org To Re-Do Or Not To Re-Do? Meck Commission Debates Tuesday