New Charlottesville City Manager aims to be more engaged with community

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- After nearly a year-long process for the city of Charlottesville, the mayor and members of the city council formally introduced the new city manager on Monday.

Dr. Tarron Richardson is coming to Charlottesville after serving as the city manager in DeSoto, Texas.

During his press conference, Richardson emphasized the importance of being engaged with the community. He plans on making that a big part of his first six months and beyond.

He mentioned that most of the time, residents only see the city manager if there's an issue but that's not how he plans on running things.

"That won't be the case here. I will be very visible and we'll have open door policy," he said.

With regard to the police civilian review board, Richardson thinks it's a great thing for there to be transparency within the police department on a day-to-day basis.

"I'm looking forward to meeting with the members of the board and working in collaboration with them," he added.

Richardson also wants the police department to be more engaged and involved within the community.

His first day is expected to be May 13.

Richardson's annual base salary will be $205,000. He will also get 8- hours of discretionary leave and can earn up to four weeks of vacation in a year.

The city is also giving him $6,000 to help with his move, as well as an annual vehicle allowance of $6,500.

In the contract, the city will also provide Richardson with a "reasonable budget" for professional development expenses, which can include conference registration fees and dues for professional organizations.

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