Asheville’s next City Manager is now on the job

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Debra Campbell begins her work as Asheville’s next City Manager Dec. 3.

Asheville City Council unanimously voted to appoint to her the job during an Oct. 17 called meeting.

Campbell comes to Asheville from the City of Charlotte, where she has been employed in many strategic roles since 1988, including her most recent position as Assistant City Manager, starting in 2014. Prior to joining the Charlotte City Manager’s office Campbell served as the city’s Planning Director from 2004-2014, a time of booming redevelopment for the Queen City.


“The City of Asheville is excited to welcome Debra Campbell as Asheville’s next City Manager,” said Mayor Esther Manheimer. “Debra has tackled many of the challenges Asheville now faces. Her depth and breadth of experience makes her extremely qualified to take the helm of our — and now her — City.”


Campbell has a bachelor of science degree in urban planning from Middle Tennessee State University, where she also earned her master’s degree in public administration. She is a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. In 2007, she was named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine.


“As your next City Manager, I promise to work tirelessly and collaboratively with elected officials, staff and every sector of this community to build on the positive momentum underway in this great city, and to address issues related to public safety and trust, social and economic disparity, and environmental stewardship,” Campbell said.


Please join us in making her feel welcome to Asheville!


For more information on Campbell’s background and hiring, visit this link.