The city government of Charlottesville, Virginia, will not renew the employment contract of City Manager Maurice Jones, whose role during the deadly August 12 rally held in the city has been questioned in press reports.
“Over the past few years, City Council and the City Manager have worked earnestly to try to reach agreement on a mutual vision for the City and the best ways to implement that vision,” the Charlottesville City Council said in a statement released late Friday, adding, “However, it has become clear to us that what our City needs at this critical juncture is a fresh perspective and a new direction.” The statement went on to say:
“Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones is being forced out by City Council” is how Charlottesville’s NBC affiliate reported Friday’s news:
The other man he’s referring to is former Police Chief Al Thomas, who city officials say retired in December, but Gathers believes otherwise.
While two of the key local figures who played a role in the events surrounding the August 12 rally–City Manager Jones and former Police Chief Thomas–are now no longer affiliated with the city government or are soon to leave it, officials with the Commonwealth of Virginia who may have been more responsible for the planning and implementation of security on that day have, so far, not been subjected to similar scrutiny.