Former Statesville manager named interim Monroe manager

abell@charlotteobserver.comDecember 19, 2013 

A retired Statesville city manager has been named interim city manager in Monroe.

The Monroe City Council unanimously chose Robert Hites to fill the position Wednesday.

In early December, a divided City Council ousted the previous city manager, John D’Agostino, who had only started work in mid-August.

At the time, councilwoman Debra Duncan said the public, elected officials and city employees did not have confidence that D’Agostino could move the city forward, although other council members strongly defended D’Agostino.

That left the city seeking its fifth city manager since late 2000.

Last week, the city council voted to hire a search firm to look for an interim manager, even though it also would need help seeking a permanent manager.

But the group reversed itself this week, and instead installed Hites in the job. He will work about 30 hours a week at $65 an hour, and will start Jan. 6, city spokesman Pete Hovanec said.

The board did not use a search firm to find Hites, Hovanec said, nor was any money spent in securing his services.

After the first of the year, the City Council will determine how it wants to choose a permanent manager.

Bell: 704-358-5696; Twitter: @abell

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