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4 Mayors in 1 Year? City Council Could Pick New Mayor By Monday

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Charlotte is still without a mayor Thursday night – just one day after former Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned on allegations of corruption and bribery.

Cannon says this is best for the city to move on with its business.

On Thursday, city leaders say the city could have a new mayor, it’s fourth year, as early as Monday.

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes says he’s not interested in the position but has called for a special meeting with city council.

In the past year, Charlotte has had 3 mayors – Anthony Foxx, Patsy Kinsey, Patrick Cannon.

Soon one more will be added to the mix.

“Just as we made the transition last year twice, I expect to make this an absolute seamless transition,” said City Manager Ron Carlee.

Last year, former Mayor Anthony Foxx resigned to take a position in the federal government. He then called a special meeting where he resigned. Council then immediately appointed  Patsy Kinsey as Interim Mayor – so again council could appoint a new mayor as early as Monday or just talk about the process.

Carlee says Cannon’s arrest came as a surprise to many. He also said no other city employees were subpoenaed.

 “If there are any questionable activities – we want them uncovered,” said Carlee.

So what does it take to lead the Queen City?

“The mayor doesn’t have a vote on council. He has a veto but no vote,” said Carlee.

The City Attorney says a mayor has to be at least 21, a registered Democrat and live in the city.

“Yesterday was more difficult. People were shocked. Some were angry and full range of emotions. Today it’s back to business,” said Carlee.

“This event doesn’t affect on how the city works on a day to day basis,” said Carlee.

Carlee says Cannon’s resignation shouldn’t impact Charlotte’s reputation.

“Charlotte is more than one man,” said Carlee.

“The accusations do not portray how the city of Charlotte works,” said Carlee.

Carlee doesn’t believe this will impact jobs, federal funding or future events.

 “I don’t think anything in the last 24 hours is going to deter us from having an awesome experience or any activities in Charlotte,” said Carlee.

James Mitchell ran against Cannon last year but lost. He says this shouldn’t affect Charlotte.

“I hope people don’t blow this out of proportion that we won’t get the ALL star game, and Superbowl. This has no impact of Charlotte still being a great city,” said Mitchell.

Carlee is hoping to keep things moving as normally as possible.

“I’m ready to move on. I have a budget to put together,” said Carlee.

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