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Media Kit

​This media kit will provide information about the City of Charlotte, its government, leadership team, elected officials and more. Members of the news media will also find details about media requests, public records and covering city meetings.

If you have additional questions about the city, or are a member of the media seeking more information, please contact Charlotte Communications and Marketing at 704-336-3052.

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  • Community Relations

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Aviation/Charlotte Douglas International AirportDavis, Lee704-359-4933 
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Charlotte Area Transit SystemKinard, Olaf704-336-2275
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Charlotte Department of TransportationDurrett, Linda704-516-5594
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Charlotte Fire DepartmentCannon, Robert704-336-2094 
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Charlotte Fire DepartmentGist, Dennis704-336-2094 
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Charlotte Fire DepartmentGilmore, Jackie

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Charlotte WaterColey, Cam704-391-5106
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Charlotte WaterFrost, Jennifer704-336-4793
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police DepartmentTufano, Robert704-336-7042
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water ServicesDodd, Alyssa704-942-5860 
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water ServicesBoone, Mark T.980-314-3208
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City CouncilMills, Jeremy704-302-5431
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City CouncilHolm, Christian704-249-7710
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Engineering & Property ManagementBanbury, Jim704-336-3610 
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Management & Financial Services Barnhardt, Kristen704-336-4324
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MayorWatkins, Gregg704-336-3438
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Neighborhood & Business ServicesRichardson, Keith704-336-2753
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Solid Waste ServicesJackson, Denada704-432-3538
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​About the City of Charlotte

Charlotte is one of the 25 largest cities in the U.S. and is the largest city in North Carolina. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte and its resident county are named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of British King George III during the time of the city's founding. 

Nearly 800,000 live and work in the Charlotte community and the city provides services to much of this population. The city’s focus areas are Housing and Neighborhood Development, Community Safety, Transportation, Economic Development and the Environment.

Charlotte consistently ranks as one of the top-growing cities and is the home to more than 10 Fortune 1000 companies, including household names such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Belk, Shutterfly, Duke Energy, Lance and Nucor. Charlotte is also home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.  

Other amenities that make Charlotte a great place to live and work include numerous higher learning organizations, cultural centers and health care facilites.

  • Ranks 1st among top 10 cities with the best employee engagement (Forbes)
  • Ranks 2nd among 25 largest cities for most desirable place to purchase a home (Nerdwallet.com)
  • Ranks 2nd in the best areas for job-seeking college graduates (Careerbliss.com)
  • Is the 5th fastest growing metro from 2000-2012 of the 52 largest metro areas (US Census)
  • Ranks 6th among top 10 hot cities for IT jobs in 2013 (Modis, Inc.)
  • Ranks 7th among the top Spring Break destinations for families (Livability.com)
  • Is one of the top 10 cities for newlyweds to live and work (Rent.com)
  • Ranks 8th among the top 10 big booming cities (CNNmoney.com)
  • Ranks 9th among top 50 cities with the most job openings per capita (Beyond.com)
  • Is among the top 20 best cities for businesses and careers (Forbes.com)
  • Ranks 9th among the top moving destinations of all cities (Penske Truck Rental)
  • Is the 17th largest city in the U.S. in total population
  • Is a top 10 city for urban forests (American Forests)
  • Has been named “Tree City” for 33 consecutive years by the National Arbor Day foundation
  • Is home of ImaginOn, the top ranked children’s museum in the country (Livability.com)

City Government

Charlotte has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and 11 council members elected every two years in November, and a professional city manager to run the day-to-day operations. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a city-wide vote. Seven council cembers are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.

Charlotte adopted the council-manager form of government in 1929. This form of government divides responsibilities between elected officials and an appointed city manager.

The mayor and city council are the "board of directors" for 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Charlotte government.

​Charlotte Mayor and City Council

Together, the mayor and city council members are responsible for establishing the general policies under which the city operates.

These include:

  • Appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various boards and commissions enacting ordinances, resolutions and orders;

  • Reviewing the annual budget, setting the tax rate and approving the financing of all City operations; and

  • Authorizing contracts on behalf of the City.

Dr. Justin Harlow, district 2 representative

Justin Harlow, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as the district 2 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Harlow is a family and cosmetic dentist and the owner of Harlow Dental at Steele Creek, a full service general and cosmetic practice in Southwest Charlotte.

Harlow is the immediate past president of the Biddleville-Smallwood Community Organization, a member of the WestEnd Advisory Committee for Charlotte Center City Partners and was a founding director of the 5 Points Community Collaborative – a group dedicated to promoting growth and development in the Five Points district of Charlotte’s west side.

Harlow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology and human biology from Emory University and received his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. 

     

Matt Newton, district 5 representative

Matt Newton, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as the district 5 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Newton is a lifelong resident of Charlotte and a proud graduate of Myers Park High. Newton is an attorney and managing partner in the law firm Newton & Arroyo, PLLC.

He is a former board member of The Male’s Place, former committee member of the Charlotte Chapter of the ACLU and former general counsel/board member of the National Action Network-Charlotte. He also served as chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, from April 2015 – April 2017.

Newton holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Wilmington and a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

More about councilmember Matt Newton

Edmund H. Driggs, district 7 representative
 

Ed Driggs​Edmund H. Driggs, a republican, ​​was  elected in 2013 and is serving his third 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.

Since moving to Charlotte, Driggs's community service has included service on the boards of WTVI and Communities in Schools as well as on the President's Council at Central Piedmont Community College. His volunteer activities have including tutoring students at EE Waddell High School,  assisting at the Classroom Central distribution center, and giving classes in economics and personal finance at CMS schools and CPCC. 

He joined the Charlotte Rotary Club in 2004 and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his donations to the Rotary International Foundation.

More about councilmember Edmund Driggs

James Mitchell Jr., at-large representative

James Mitchell Jr., a democrat, is serving his second term as an at-large council member. He previously served from 1999 to 2013 as the district 2 council member.

He graduated from the following leadership programs: Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), Leadership Charlotte and Focus on Leadership.​

In 2011, James served as the president of the National League of Cities, only the second elected official from North Carolina to serve as the president in the  organization's 92 years. James was also the recipient of the Democratic Municipal Official (DMO) of the Year award.

Mitchell currently serves as director of business development for Barton Malow Company, where he is responsible for construction opportunities in North and South Carolina.

More about councilmember James Mitchell, Jr.

Braxton Winston, at-large representative

Claire Fallon

Braxton Winston, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as an at-large member and is serving his first term on council.

Winston is a stagehand and grip and a member of Charlotte’s thriving sports television and entertainment production community. He is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union.

Winston is also an influential citizen-journalist, producing stories not covered by traditional media outlets and employing new models of citizen engagement.

Winston holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Davidson College, where he was a two-time letterman on the football team.

More about councilmember Braxton Winston

Larken Egleston, district 1 representative

Larken Egleston, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as the district 1 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Egleston represents Republic National Distributing Company as  a brand ambassador for Western North Carolina. He has also written for local publications including the Charlotte Observer, Elevate Magazine and Creative Loafing.

Egleston serves on the North Carolina advisory committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, serves as an advisory board member for Central Piedmont Community College's Culinary Arts program and is a volunteer firefighter for the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He previously served as a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Carolinas Chapter Board of Directors. Egleston was also chair of City Council's Charlotte International Cabinet and vice chair of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Egleston served as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

 
Julie Eiselt, mayor pro tem

Julie Eiselt, a democrat, ​was elected in 2015 and is serving her second term on council. On Dec. 4, 2017, Eiselt was selected by her colleagues to serve as mayor pro tem.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eiselt earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Indiana University and a master’s degree in international management/finance from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona. She went on to have a successful career in commercial and investment banking, working in emerging countries and utilizing her proficiency in Spanish, French and Portuguese. Eiselt credits living and working in foreign countries for developing her passionate interest in cultural assimilation, specifically within her own community. 

Eiselt moved to Charlotte in 1998 with NationsBank/Bank of America and later stayed home to raise three children, all while expanding her involvement in civic activity. After a man tried to abduct her at gunpoint in Charlotte in 2007, she built a coalition of neighborhood leaders and founded Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte (NSC). This grassroots organization spurred more funding for the police department and court system and increased accountability from public officials to Charlotte citizens. Her work in NSC led to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to present her with a Citizen Service Award, and the Charlotte Observer named her as one of "Seven to Watch" for her work in public safety.​ 

More about councilmember Julie Eiselt

L​aWana Mayfield, district 3 representative

LaWana MayfieldLaWana Mayfield, a democrat, represents district 3 on Charlotte City Council. She was elected in 2011 and is serving her third term. In 2014 Mayfield was awarded the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellowship and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government program.

Mayfield serves on the National League of Cities REAL Race, Equity and Leadership Committee; ​as president of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials; and as board member of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County. She also serves on the Centralina Eco​nomic Development Committee and is secretary of North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials.

More about councilmember LaWana Mayfield

Dimple Tansen Ajmera, at-large representative

Dimple Ajmera, a democrat, was elected in 2017 and is serving her first term on council. Previously, she served as an appointed district 5 representative from January 2017 – December 2017.

On January 17, 2017, Councilwoman Ajmera was unanimously selected by the Charlotte City Council to fill the District 5 seat, vacated by State Representative John Autry, which includes the Winterfield, Grove Park, Ravenwood and Eastway-Sheffield Park areas of East Charlotte. In this role, Ajmera is committed to promoting safe neighborhoods, economic opportunities, and accessible transportation through her work on the mayor-appointed Economic Development and Housing & Neighborhood Development council committees. 

She is widely known for her leadership in bringing new life and opportunities to the 69-acre Eastland site, taking on this daunting task with a sustainable vision and fortitude. She is also an active member of the Environment and Transportation & Planning committees.

More about councilmember Dimple Tansen Ajmera

Gregory A. Phipps, district 4 representative

Greg PhippsGreg 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 counc​il member Malcolm Graham upon his election to the North Carolina legislature.

Council member Phipps is the Council representative on the board of University City Partners. He also 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.

More about councilmember Gregory Phipps

Tariq Bokhari, district 6 representative

Tariq Bokhari, a republican, was elected in 2017 as the district 6 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Bokhari is an influential leader in the financial technology (fintech) industry, and serves as the Executive Director of the Carolina Fintech Hub (CFH). Prior to his work with CFH and launching his own startup company, Aggressant, Tariq served as the head of innovation and investment for FIS Global, the world's largest fintech company.

Prior to that, Tariq served in a variety of executive roles at GE Capital, Wells Fargo and Wachovia. He also served as treasurer of the North Carolina Heroes Fund and board member of the Greater Enrichment Program.

Bokhari was inducted into the 2010 Charlotte Business Journal class of 40 under 40 and was named as the 2016 Next Money Risk Taker of the Year.

Bokhari holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University.

More about councilmember ​Tariq Bokhari

Vi Alexander Lyles, mayor

Charlotte Mayor Vi Alexander LylesVi Alexander Lyles, a democrat, is the mayor of Charlotte. Previously, she served two terms on city council as an at-large representative from 2013-2017. On Dec. 7, 2015, she was chosen by her peers to serve as mayor pro tem.​

Lyles worked for the City of Charlotte for almost 30 years, starting off as an analyst in the city's budget department before becoming budget director. She was assistant city manager for the city from 1996 to 2004. During her time with the city, she helped create the city’s first capital budget and led the restructuring of government programs to evaluate and assess performance audits for city programs.

She also led and presented the community safety plan and helped develop the city's affordable housing plan and Mecklenburg County's Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program for small businesses.

More about Charlotte Mayor Vi Alexander Lyles

Charlotte Mayor Vi Alexander Lyles

Vi Alexander Lyles, a democrat, is the mayor of Charlotte. Previously, she served two terms on city council as an at-large representative from 2013-2017. On Dec. 7, 2015, she was chosen by her peers to serve as mayor pro tem.​

Lyles worked for the City of Charlotte for almost 30 years, starting off as an analyst in the city's budget department before becoming budget director. She was assistant city manager for the city from 1996 to 2004. During her time with the city, she helped create the city’s first capital budget and led the restructuring of government programs to evaluate and assess performance audits for city programs.

She also led and presented the community safety plan and helped develop the city's affordable housing plan and Mecklenburg County's Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program for small businesses.

More about Charlotte Mayor Vi Alexander Lyles

Julie Eiselt, at-large representative

Julie Eiselt, a democrat, ​was elected in 2015 and is serving her first term on council.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eiselt earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Indiana University and a master’s degree in international management/finance from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona. She went on to have a successful career in commercial and investment banking, working in emerging countries and utilizing her proficiency in Spanish, French and Portuguese. Eiselt credits living and working in foreign countries for developing her passionate interest in cultural assimilation, specifically within her own community. 

Eiselt moved to Charlotte in 1998 with NationsBank/Bank of America and later stayed home to raise three children, all while expanding her involvement in civic activity. After a man tried to abduct her at gunpoint in Charlotte in 2007, she built a coalition of neighborhood leaders and founded Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte (NSC). This grassroots organization spurred more funding for the police department and court system and increased accountability from public officials to Charlotte citizens. Her work in NSC led to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to present her with a Citizen Service Award, and the Charlotte Observer named her as one of "Seven to Watch" for her work in public safety.​ 

More about councilmember Julie Eiselt

James Mitchell Jr., at-large representative

James Mitchell Jr., a democrat, is serving his first term as an at-large council member. He previously served from 1999 to 2013 as the district 2 council member.

He graduated from the following leadership programs: Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), Leadership Charlotte and Focus on Leadership.​

In 2011, James served as the president of the National League of Cities, only the second elected official from North Carolina to serve as the president in the  organization's 92 years. James was also the recipient of the Democratic Municipal Official (DMO) of the Year award.

Mitchell currently serves as director of business development for Barton Malow Company, where he is responsible for construction opportunities in North and South Carolina.

More about councilmember James Mitchell, Jr.

Braxton Winston, at-large representative

Claire Fallon

Braxton Winston, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as an at-large member and is serving his first term on council.

Winston is a stagehand and grip and a member of Charlotte’s thriving sports television and entertainment production community. He is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union.

Winston is also an influential citizen-journalist, producing stories not covered by traditional media outlets and employing new models of citizen engagement.

Winston holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Davidson College, where he was a two-time letterman on the football team.

More about councilmember Braxton Winston

Dimple Tansen Ajmera, At-Large representative

Dimple Ajmera, a democrat, was elected in 2017 and is serving her first term on council. Previously, she served as an appointed district 5 representative from January 2017 – December 2017.

On January 17, 2017, Councilwoman Ajmera was unanimously selected by the Charlotte City Council to fill the District 5 seat, vacated by State Representative John Autry, which includes the Winterfield, Grove Park, Ravenwood and Eastway-Sheffield Park areas of East Charlotte. In this role, Ajmera is committed to promoting safe neighborhoods, economic opportunities, and accessible transportation through her work on the mayor-appointed Economic Development and Housing & Neighborhood Development council committees. 

She is widely known for her leadership in bringing new life and opportunities to the 69-acre Eastland site, taking on this daunting task with a sustainable vision and fortitude. She is also an active member of the Environment and Transportation & Planning committees.

More about councilmember Dimple Tansen Ajmera

Larken Egleston, District 1 representative

Larken Egleston, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as the district 1 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Egleston represents Republic National Distributing Company as  a brand ambassador for Western North Carolina. He has also written for local publications including the Charlotte Observer, Elevate Magazine and Creative Loafing.

Egleston serves on the North Carolina advisory committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, serves as an advisory board member for Central Piedmont Community College's Culinary Arts program and is a volunteer firefighter for the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He previously served as a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Carolinas Chapter Board of Directors. Egleston was also chair of City Council's Charlotte International Cabinet and vice chair of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Egleston served as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

 

Dr. Justin Harlow, district 2 representative

Justin Harlow, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as the district 2 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Harlow is a family and cosmetic dentist and the owner of Harlow Dental at Steele Creek, a full service general and cosmetic practice in Southwest Charlotte.

Harlow is the immediate past president of the Biddleville-Smallwood Community Organization, a member of the WestEnd Advisory Committee for Charlotte Center City Partners and was a founding director of the 5 Points Community Collaborative – a group dedicated to promoting growth and development in the Five Points district of Charlotte’s west side.

Harlow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology and human biology from Emory University and received his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. 

     

L​aWana Mayfield, district 3 representative

LaWana MayfieldLaWana Mayfield, a democrat, represents district 3 on Charlotte City Council. She was elected in 2011 and is serving her third term. In 2014 Mayfield was awarded the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellowship and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government program.

Mayfield serves on the National League of Cities REAL Race, Equity and Leadership Committee; ​as president of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials; and as board member of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County. She also serves on the Centralina Eco​nomic Development Committee and is secretary of North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials.

More about councilmember LaWana Mayfield

Gregory A. Phipps, district 4 representative

Greg PhippsGreg 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 counc​il member Malcolm Graham upon his election to the North Carolina legislature.

Council member Phipps is the Council representative on the board of University City Partners. He also 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.

More about councilmember Gregory Phipps

Matt Newton, District 5 representative

Matt Newton, a democrat, was elected in 2017 as the district 5 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Newton is a lifelong resident of Charlotte and a proud graduate of Myers Park High. Newton is an attorney and managing partner in the law firm Newton & Arroyo, PLLC.

He is a former board member of The Male’s Place, former committee member of the Charlotte Chapter of the ACLU and former general counsel/board member of the National Action Network-Charlotte. He also served as chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, from April 2015 – April 2017.

Newton holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Wilmington and a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

More about councilmember Matt Newton

Tariq Bokhari, district 6 representative

Tariq Bokhari, a republican, was elected in 2017 as the district 6 representative and is serving his first term on council.

Bokhari is an influential leader in the financial technology (fintech) industry, and serves as the Executive Director of the Carolina Fintech Hub (CFH). Prior to his work with CFH and launching his own startup company, Aggressant, Tariq served as the head of innovation and investment for FIS Global, the world's largest fintech company.

Prior to that, Tariq served in a variety of executive roles at GE Capital, Wells Fargo and Wachovia. He also served as treasurer of the North Carolina Heroes Fund and board member of the Greater Enrichment Program.

Bokhari was inducted into the 2010 Charlotte Business Journal class of 40 under 40 and was named as the 2016 Next Money Risk Taker of the Year.

Bokhari holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University.

More about councilmember ​Tariq Bokhari

Edmund H. Driggs, district 7 representative
 

Ed Driggs​Edmund H. Driggs, a republican, ​​was  elected in 2013 and is serving his second 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.

Since moving to Charlotte, Driggs's community service has included service on the boards of WTVI and Communities in Schools as well as on the President's Council at Central Piedmont Community College. His volunteer activities have including tutoring students at EE Waddell High School,  assisting at the Classroom Central distribution center, and giving classes in economics and personal finance at CMS schools and CPCC. 

He joined the Charlotte Rotary Club in 2004 and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his donations to the Rotary International Foundation.

More about councilmember Edmund Driggs

City Manager and Assistant City Managers

The City of Charlotte operates under a council-manager form of government. The Mayor and Council are responsible for making policy decisions for the community. The city manager is resp​onsible for carrying out those decisions, as well as providing vision and leadership to the organization and for overseeing the daily operations of city government.

City Management Bios

​The City of Charlotte has a team of skilled and experienced leaders working to support and guide all departments.

 

City of Charlotte Vision and Mission 

Vision

The City of Charlotte will be a model of excellence that puts citizens first. Skilled, diverse, and motivated employees will be known for providing quality and value in all areas of service. We will be a platform for vital economic activity that gives Charlotte a competitive edge in the marketplace. We will partner with citizens and businesses to make this a community of choice for living, working and leisure activities.

Mission

The mission of the City of Charlotte is to ensure the delivery of quality public services and to promote the safety, health and quality of life of its citizens. 

Guiding Principles

  • We will attract and retain a skilled and diverse workforce
  • We value teamwork, openness, accountability, productivity and employee development
  • We will provide all customers with courteous, responsive, accessible and seamless quality services
  • We will take initiative to identify, analyze and solve problems
  • We will collaborate with stakeholders to solve problems and make decisions.

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Public Records

The City of Charlotte is committed to an open and transparent government. As a rule, we respond to all requests for information as quickly as possible and strive to communicate a realistic time frame.

More information about public records, including the public records request form.

​City of Charlotte Public Meetings

There are various meetings held throughout the City of Charlotte. These meetings are listed on the event calendar.

Speak at a Public Meeting - Call, visit or fax the City Clerk's Office to request to speak at a City Council meeting

Parking and directions

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) is located in the government district of uptown’s second ward, at 600 E. Fourth Street, Charlotte NC. View a map of the Government Center and surrounding area.

Parking for visitors to CMGC can be found in the adjacent parking deck, accessible from Davidson Street. If the deck is full, on-street parking and other pay lots are in close proximity.

Media vehicles may use the circle drive entrance on Fourth Street; see below for more details.
 
Visitors may call the CMGC Control Room 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 704-336-4535 with questions.

Media Parking

Members of the media wishing to park in the Government Center circle along Fourth Street (not those who wish to park in the Davidson Street parking deck): 

All vehicles must have exterior markings that identify the media outlet; a card on the interior dashboard is not satisfactory.

Vehicles must be parked only in the reserved/marked spaces in the circle closest to Fourth Street.

Government Center security enforces the parking ordinances. If a vehicle without a placard is parked in the wrong space or does not have exterior vehicle identification, it will be ticketed. 

Media outlets providing live feeds will receive priority parking. 

Media advisory updates will include parking information for other City facilities as needed.