Will former Charlotte mayor, Patrick Cannon’s political scandal affect the running of Charlotte?
Not really. As reported on the Charlotte Business Journal online,”...the job of Charlotte mayor carries relatively little power.” The charmeck.org county and city website indicate the mayor’s responsibilities as presiding over City Council meetings and as an official representative at special ceremonies and events. Additionally, the mayor’s vote is only counted in case of a tie on council matters. The heavy lifting of the day to day operations of the city, as well as providing vision and leadership to the organization, fall upon the office of the City Manager (Ron Carlee) and his staff.
In a statement released by Ron Carlee, he relayed that “Charlotte is more than one man.” So, even though Charlotte is currently without an elected or appointed mayor, things will run smoothly. Read the full document here.
Disappointingly, former mayor, Patrick Cannon had been a hometown hero with deep roots in the Charlotte area. His experience for over 2 decades on the common council helped gain many votes in his successful run for mayor. Most recently, Cannon assisted the city of Charlotte in retaining the CIAA tournament’s stay and transfer of tournament headquarters to the city.
Although Cannon’s fate is uncertain, the Queen City will continue business as usual. The Charlotte City Council could even choose a new mayor as quickly as Monday evening.