Taiwo Jaiyeoba named Greensboro city manager

CHARLOTTE — One of Charlotte’s top officials is heading up I-85.

The Greensboro City Council officially announced Tuesday night that Charlotte Planning Director and Assistant City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba has been hired as city manager.

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“While my family and I are excited about this new opportunity in Greensboro, we appreciate the years spent with the City of Charlotte,” Jaiyeoba said in a statement after his hire. “I want to thank City Manager Marcus Jones for his leadership and friendship, and along with the Mayor and Council, for the roles they all have played in helping to prepare me for my new role in Greensboro. I also want to thank everyone in the Planning department and across the city for their excellent work, commitment, and friendship over the last many years. The City of Charlotte is in excellent hands.”

City Manager Marcus Jones notified the Charlotte City Council by email about Jaiyeoba’s departure.

”I know Taiwo’s professional aspirations are to one day lead a large city and this a great opportunity for him to take that next step in his career,” Jones wrote. “Since joining the team in January 2019, Taiwo has been a great teammate as well as a principled and determined leader who has helped move our city forward. I’m proud of the work he has accomplished here and the many contributions he has made and wish him and his family the best in this new chapter.”

Deputy Planning Director Alyson Craig will serve as the interim planning director as a national search is conducted.

“I want to thank Taiwo for his leadership, especially through the tremendous effort of adopting the Charlotte 2040 Comprehensive Plan, the City’s vision to guide future growth in our city,” Craig said in a statement. “As a department, he and I have built a great team of talented and passionate professionals and I’m looking forward to leading the team as we work with City Council, the community, and other stakeholders over the next several months on the Policy Map and UDO and move these two important parts of the City’s long-term vision forward.”

Sarah Hazel will be assuming Jaiyeoba’s duties surrounding mobility as Jones searches for a new assistant city manager.

The loss of Jaiyeoba comes at a crucial time for Charlotte. The city is fresh off of passing the 2040 Plan and in the midst of engagement sessions for the Unified Development Ordinance.

“Taiwo Jaiyeoba is an indispensable member of the Charlotte community,” said Sam Spencer, chair of the 2019-2021 Planning Commission. “I was proud to work with him to develop and pass the most progressive policy document in Charlotte history. Even as he leaves the Queen City for Greensboro, Taiwo’s legacy will be seen and felt for years as Charlotte executes the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.”

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Jaiyoeba is expected to start in Greensboro in February.

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