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Local News
10:03 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Mecklenburg County Tasks New Manager With Changing Culture

New county manager Dena Diorio
Credit Mecklenburg County

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.

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Local News
10:27 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Cotham Answers Nay-sayers Over Firing With Poll

Mecklenburg County Chairman Pat Cotham

Mecklenburg County Chairman Pat Cotham has taken a lot of heat for the firing of County Manager Harry Jones last week.  So she’s decided to fire back at her nay-sayers by releasing results of a poll she commissioned.   

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Local News
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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Mecklenburg County
10:14 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mecklenburg Commissioners And County Staff Get Counseling

County staff and commissioners in sharing session
Credit Lisa Miller

The new Mecklenburg County commission and county staff members haven’t gotten off to a good start.  Improving that rocky relationship was at the top of the agenda of a three day planning session that kicked off Wednesday.

Commissioners and County Manager Harry Jones are locked in a marriage of sorts.  Right now, it’s not a good one.  Everyone agrees communication could be a lot better.  For that reason, Jones decided the planning session would begin with a sit down. 

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Local News
1:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Meck Tax Assessor Resigns, Faulty Reval Stymies Commission

Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Garrett Alexander has resigned.
Credit Davidsonnews.net (file photo)

The tax assessor who oversaw Mecklenburg County's much-maligned 2011 revaluation is out. 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. 

It was an awkward night for County Manager Harry Jones. Eight months ago he was adamant the revaluation did not need reexamining.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

To Re-Do Or Not To Re-Do? Meck Commission Debates Tuesday

Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones with Commissioner Jennifer Roberts. (File photo 4/11)

A growing chorus of Mecklenburg County citizens and 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. 

So now what? The Mecklenburg County commission meets Tuesday night at 6 p.m. to discuss.

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