City Manager Marcus D. Jones announces new Executive Team

Ken Brown
kebrown@charlottenc.gov
7/12/2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 12, 2019) – Charlotte City Manager Marcus D. Jones has announced a new City Manager’s Office structure, better aligning key executives to accomplish the goals outlined by City Council’s strategic priorities. The new team consists of a deputy city manager, three assistant city managers (ACMs) and two special assistants to the city manager. ​

“This new alignment allows for a more streamlined approach to collaboration, strategy development and accomplishing our aggressive goals,” said Jones. “Everyone on this team has proven success throughout their respective careers, and I am confident they will continue that trend in their new roles.”

The new team will support four collaborative work groups within the City of Charlotte: Well-Managed Government; Mobility, Acc​essibility and Connectivity; Safe, Healthy and Inclusive Communities; Economy, Jobs and Upward Mobility.

Sabrina Joy-Hogg continues to serve as the deputy city manager. Her vision and action orientation has helped transform the Charlotte finance and budget approach over the past two and half years. Joy-Hogg, with more than two years at the City of Charlotte and 25 years of finance, budget, process improvement and government leadership expertise at the state and municipal levels, is well suited for this role. The deputy city manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city in the absence of the city manager. Joy-Hogg will continue in this role while also being a champion to guide the city’s Well-Managed Government efforts. 

Tracy Dodson returned to the City of Charlotte in May 2018 as an ACM. Dodson has more than 20 years of economic development and real estate experience across the North and South Carolina region. During her first year, the city announced game-changing economic development efforts, including Honeywell, LendingTree, AvidXchange and, most recently, Lowe’s. These projects will bring thousands of new jobs to Charlotte in the years ahead while the regional economic development ecosystem is being redefined. She will continue to hold dual roles as an ACM as well as the Economic Development department director. In addition, Dodson will be a champion to guide the city’s Economy, Jobs and Upward Mobility efforts.​

Taiwo Jaiyeoba is being promoted to ACM and will continue to hold his position as director of the city’s Planning, Design and Development department. Jaiyeoba has demonstrated a strategic and comprehensive vision that employs a fresh perspective in planning for the city’s future. His ability to bring people together to work toward a common goal is evident in his work on the development of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Jaiyeoba has more than 26 years of regional, municipal and private sector experience leading planning and transportation initiatives nationally and internationally. In addition to his work with the City of Charlotte, Jaiyeoba has served as the director of the Sacramento Regional Transit District, and director of planning and development in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he led major transit studies, zoning ordinance rewrites and managed large-scale capital projects. Jaiyeoba will champion and guide the Mobility, Accessibility and Connectivity efforts. 

Angela Lee is being promoted to an ACM position. Lee has more than 31 years of experience with the City of Charlotte. She has served as director of Charlotte Water since December 2017, where she was responsible for city and countywide water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, and utilities planning and management activities. She managed a staff of more than 950 with an operating budget of nearly $450 million, and a five-year Community Investment Program budget of $1.6 billion. Lee has been instrumental in affecting change and improving processes throughout her career. Her experience in operations and managing multimillion-dollar capital projects will be invaluable as the city continues to improve service delivery. Lee will champion and guide the Safe, Healthy and Inclusive Communities efforts.

Victoria O. Johnson has been named Special Assistant to the City Manager for Employee Development and Lifelong Learning. Johnson has more than 35 years of municipal and regional government leadership experience. She has consistently achieved exceptional results by setting clear expectations and inspiring teams of people to excel. Most recently, Johnson held the position of Interim ACM, in which she provided leadership oversight for workforce development efforts. This is now being expanded to full-time responsibilities. Her initial focus will be employee development and implementing concepts to improve and strengthen the next generation of city leaders. She will also work across the organization and the city to enhance upward mobility opportunities and career pathways. 
 
Jason Kay will continue in his role as Special Assistant to the City Manager. Kay will continue to help build connections and relationships by focusing on interlocal collaboration. A key to the success of the city and the region is the effective working relationship of and commitments between the city, the county and school system. Kay is uniquely qualified for this challenge given his experience in the City Attorney’s Office, general counsel at the North Carolina House of Representatives, and as past chairman for the North Carolinas Parks and Recreation Authority.
 
The team will transition into their roles throughout July.

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