There’s a vacancy on the seven-member Charlottesville Planning Commission. Gary Heaton was appointed to the body in October 2018 soon after moving to the city to become senior pastor of First United Methodist Church. He told his colleagues he’ll be leaving the city shortly for another professional posting.
“I will be reassigned as of July so I think will be exiting my responsibilities on the Planning Commission what did I say, the 15th of April,” Heaton said.
There are now four candidates in the race for two Democratic nominations for two seats on the Charlottesville City Council. All of them participated in a candidates forum held last night by the Fry’s Spring Neighborhood Association. The newest candidate, Carl Brown, went first during the opening statements. He’s a native of Charlottesville.
“I’m currently a social entrepreneur in the community,” Brown said. “Part of my platform is my home-grown sense. I have a better sense of this community than most people. My family came here probably eight generations ago.”
An audit of the transit agency Jaunt has found that former CEO Brad Sheffield “purchased numerous expenses for goods, services, and travel which violated internal control policies of the corporation.” The Robinson, Farmer, and Cox (RFC) review of the fiscal year budget also found that the total amount of alledgely misused funds could not be calculated. The agency issued a statement this morning about the irregular transactions.
“As RFC’s audit progressed, and more information came to light, Jaunt’s Board felt that they were no longer comfortable with the business judgment of then-CEO Brad Sheffield,” wrote communications director Jody Saunders. “On December 5, 2020, with the audit findings still months away, the Board made the difficult decision to request Mr. Sheffield’s resignation as CEO.”