Asheville Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony cancelled due to rain

Citizen-Times file photo Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, right, will make remarks during the Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony.   Updated information: We honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, but unfortunately due to a weather forecast predicting heavy rain, today’s Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony has been cancelled.     Earlier announcement: The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee for [...]

One-stop portal: Press releases, graphics and documents related to APD excessive use of force investigation in one place

The City of Asheville has gathered all press releases, graphics and documents related to a former Asheville Police officer excessive use of force investigation into this portal on the City of Asheville website. The information relates to an use of excessive force against Johnnie Jermaine Rush by former Officer Christopher Hickman in August 2017. See the links [...]

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Asheville Mayor Manheimer issues statement about police video

On behalf of City Council, I apologize to Mr. Rush, an African American resident, regarding his treatment by Asheville Police on Aug. 24, 2017.   The City Council first learned, last night, from local media, about a highly disturbing video of an Asheville Police Officer assaulting Mr. Rush over jaywalking on Aug. 24, 2017.   The City Council and [...]

Asheville Mayor Manheimer issues statement on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham

Photo courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Evangelist Billy Graham died Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat. He was 99.   A message from Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer: As Mayor of the City of Asheville, I would like to express my deep condolences to the Graham family on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham, at age [...]

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer announces City Manager Gary Jackson’s retirement

Gary Jackson today is publicly announcing his retirement as City Manager of Asheville.   Gary has served Asheville faithfully and effectively since June 27, 2005. He has served with dignity and integrity. The City of Asheville owes Gary a huge debt of gratitude for his leadership and effectiveness throughout his tenure. We will miss Gary greatly and [...]

Asheville Mayor, councilmembers sworn into office

Surrounded by her family, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer takes her oath of office for her second term Dec. 5, 2017.     Re-elected Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and three councilmembers were sworn into office Dec. 5 in City Hall’s Council Chambers.  These included re-elected councilwoman Gwen Wisler and newly elected councilmembers Sheneika Smith and Vijay Kapoor.   After the Pledge of Allegiance, Assistant [...]

Asheville awarded $4.6 million by TDA to complete the RADTIP Project

Left to right are TPDF Committee Chair Robert Foster, Mayor Esther Manheimer, BCTDA Chair Jim Muth and Explore Asheville President & CEO Stephanie Brown.   The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) voted at its regular Oct. 25 board meeting  to increase its investment in the City of Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Program. The board voted to invest $4.6 [...]

Historic panels installed on Montford bus shelters

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, above right, joined members of the Montford community  in an Oct. 3 celebration of five panels outlining the neighborhood’s history recently installed on City bus shelters along Montford Avenue. The panels honor Montford’s lost homes, past residents, bygone scenes and African American heritage. They highlight the neighborhood’s diversity and its struggles with poverty, [...]

Asheville Mayor calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully, with respect for the law, and with respect for others.   “Since Charlottesville, the people of Asheville have overwhelmingly expressed that they oppose Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist agendas,” the Mayor noted. “Since Charlottesville, more people have become galvanized to work together to dismantle institutional racism [...]

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Asheville Mayor Manheimer issues statement condemning hate speech, promoting unity

In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., the Asheville community condemns the actions of people who espouse hate speech against any race or ethnicity, and especially those who promote white supremacy. Let us be clear that inclusion and diversity are core values of the City of Asheville. City Council’s Vision 2036 promotes [...]

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