New Charlottesville City Manager starts work this week

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- It is week one for Charlottesville's new city manager Tarron Richardson who says he is looking forward to hearing from city employees and residents.

Richardson is no stranger to Virginia.

He also worked in Richmond city government before working as city manager in Desoto Texas.

He was chosen out of 37 candidates and he says his top priorities will be affordable housing, education and possibly streamlining some aspects of city government.

Richardson also says he looks forward to hearing from Charlottesville residents no matter how passionate they are.

"To hear people, to hear their passion for their community, that provides us with synergy to go out and do those great things that they are desiring or wanting for their community," Richardson said.

The 42-year-old says he encourages it.

"I find it to be enlightening because I get to hear some of the challenges in different areas, and that provides me with an opportunity to say OK here's what we need to do," he said.

He also says he will continue to build upon the coalitions already working together to help bring affordable housing to the city.

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