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Cheryl Brown to serve as Interim Human Resources Director

Asheville City Manager, Debra Campbell, is pleased to announce that Cheryl Brown will serve as Interim Human Resources Director. Cheryl’s official first day was on March 11.  Cheryl spent the majority of her career, 24 years, with the City of Charlotte, retiring in December 2017 as Director of Human Resources.  She also served for six years [...]

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Asheville City Manager announces Interim Police Chief

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has named Deputy Chief Michael Lamb as Interim Police Chief. Chief Lamb has served the Asheville community with the Asheville Police Department (APD) for more than 25 years. He rose through the ranks beginning as a patrol officer and was most recently promoted to Deputy Chief in June, 2023. The announcement [...]

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City of Asheville announces Jeremy Knighton to serve as Assistant Fire Chief

The City of Asheville, NC  is pleased to announce Jeremy Knighton as Assistant Fire Chief. As part of our fire department’s commitment to continuous improvement, we are constantly assessing how we can best fulfill our mission. The role of overseeing emergency management within our City, as well as our community, has evolved significantly over the [...]

City of Asheville announces appointment of Michael Cayse as Fire Chief

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Cayse as the new Fire Chief of the Asheville Fire Department. He joins us from Cincinnati, Ohio where he has spent much of his 34-year public safety career.   Chief Cayse will officially start his role on January 2, 2024. 

City of Asheville announces new Division Manager for Community Development, Dennis Newburn

The City of Asheville welcomes Dennis Newburn to its Community and Economic Development department. Newburn will serve as Community Development Division Manager and manage the HOME and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs. He brings extensive experience in the areas of program administration, project management, contract compliance, program monitoring, and community planning.   Newburn comes to Asheville [...]

Women in Water Update: City of Asheville all female Tap team takes tops in state

UPDATE: So how did our women’s Tap Team do?  Tops in the state!  Team “Purple Reign” lived up to its name, turning in a strong performance and establishing  its “reign” as the best in North Carolina in their division. Congratulations to the entire City of Asheville Water Department and all the staff representing high quality work in every [...]

Asheville City Council passes FY23 budget with key investments in top priorities.

At its June 28 meeting Asheville City Council passed the City Managers recommended budget with a 6 to 1 vote.  The $217 million budget is based on internal work, community input and Council priorities, and reflects the long term strategies and continuation of the reimagining public safety process.