Charlotte City Council to meet Monday, possibly select new mayor

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte City Council will meet Monday with hopes of selecting a new mayor.
                               
Barely 24 hours after Mayor Patrick Cannon officially resigned his position, City Manager Ron Carlee announced that the council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to choose a replacement, and City Council members say they are ready.
                               
"The citizens of Charlotte need to know that we've moved past this issue and moved back to doing the city's business, and the sooner we do that the better," said Councilman David Howard after a committee meeting on Thursday.
                               
The feeling was echoed by other council members, including Republican Kenny Smith.
               
"I think there will be a push for swift resolution. We'll see how it plays out," Smith said.
                               
By law, the council must name a Democrat to replace Cannon and the most obvious candidate may be Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes, who was front and center at Wednesday's news conference when council members responded to news of Cannon's arrest and resignation.
                               
Barnes was not available for comment on Thursday, but Howard would not pick a favorite.
                               
"We're taking everybody into consideration. Everybody,” Barnes said.
                               
Other council members agree that it's important to move on quickly to fill Cannon's position, but they say it's just as important to pick the right person.
                               
UNCC professor Dr. Eric Heberlig, a political science professor, said while the scandal is still making waves, it's critical that they make the right call.
                               
"They realize they have to regain trust.  There's probably a period in which we wait to see if there are other shoes to drop,” he said.