Pat Cotham

Ella Scarborough talked before Monday's vote that made her Mecklenburg County Commission chair.
Charlotte Mecklenburg GOV Channel

Mecklenburg County commissioners Monday night ousted chairman Trevor Fuller and picked fellow Democrat Ella Scarborough as the board's new leader. Scarborough won the job in a 5-4 vote in which Scarborough and fellow Democrat Pat Cotham sided with the board's three Republicans.

Pat Cotham (left) and Trevor Fuller at a 2013 Mecklenburg County Commission meeting.
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County commissioners will be sworn in for a new term a special meeting Monday night, where they'll also elect their leadership for the next two years. The big question is whether commissioners will re-elect the current chair, Democrat Trevor Fuller.

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Mecklenburg County’s health director says one way to possibly curb childhood obesity is to prohibit fast food restaurants from opening near schools. Dr. Marcus Plescia has received a lot of attention for the idea, which he mentioned last week during a presentation to county commissioners. But he says it was one small part of an overall plan.

Mecklenburg Commissioners Leake, Cotham Battle Over Prayer

May 19, 2015
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

They started as allies, even friends. Then they had a high profile falling out. Now Mecklenburg County commissioners Pat Cotham and Vilma Leake are at odds again, this time over prayer. In separate interviews with the Observer, the two Democrats used harsh words to describe each other’s behavior. “Hateful,” Cotham said about Leake. “A notorious liar,” Leake said about Cotham. The focus of this latest flare-up is the prayer said by commissioners to open their public meetings. Mecklenburg...

Ben Bradford / WFAE

The new session for the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners kicked off Monday evening, but it was old divisions that dominated the meeting—starting with the election of the board’s chairman.

charmeck.org

In two weeks, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will reconvene for a new session. Two new commissioners will sit at the dais at the Government Center, and they will need to pick a new chairman to lead them. The upcoming decision is reopening old wounds.

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission.

A meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Tuesday turned into a series of heated exchanges between commissioners with accusations of ethics violations, sexism and racism. It was the board’s first public meeting since it fired county manager Harry Jones.

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. “In any relationship, building...