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9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Mecklenburg County Commission Wants More Active Role In Governing

Chairman Pat Cotham at Tuesday night's Mecklenburg commissioner meeting on May 7,2013.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

  Mecklenburg County commissioners are now looking for a new county manager after they fired Harry Jones Tuesday night.  One thing is clear in the shake-up: the new manager won’t have as much autonomy. 

County government has had its problems of late.  For starters, there was the botched 2011 property revaluation.

“This is a special situation and so every part of it, in my view, we must do carefully,” said Commissioner Trevor Fuller at a meeting in December.

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Charlotte Observer
10:25 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

County Commission Fires Harry Jones

Harry Jones shakes hands with Commission Chairwoman Pat Cotham after his firing.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

After months of growing tensions between longtime Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones and county commissioners, the board voted Tuesday to terminate Jones.

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.

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