Newly-appointed interim City Manager, Marc Woolley, has withdrawn his application for the position. His withdrawal was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 30 during a special meeting convened by the City Council.
Woolley had informed the City Council of his intent on Nov. 23 via the following letter:
“I am writing to inform you and your fellow council members that after careful consideration and in consultation with my family, I am withdrawing my application to become the Interim City Manager of the City of Charlottesville.”
“This was not an easy decision for me,” Woolley wrote, “and I want to thank the Charlottesville City Council for the opportunity and wish the residents of Charlottesville all the best.”
The news follows former city manager Chip Boyle’s resignation, which transpired only ten months after the start of his term.
While Councilor Lloyd Snook was optimistic about Woolley, saying his “collaborative” style would bring some stability to the local government in Charlottesville, the city plans to search for a new city manager in April of next year.
“At this time council is considering going into a contract with a firm for interim services,” said Councilor Heather Hill. “We’re going to be working through with staff on what the best and most efficient process would be for [the search for a new city manager].”
While the City Council has not offered further details, Councilor Hill said that more information will be released in the coming weeks.