The Raleigh City Council has voted not to renew the contract of city manager Russell Allen.
Allen has led Raleigh city government for twelve years, through explosive growth and budgetary cutbacks.
In a statement after his firing, the City Council said Allen has been a “great service to the city”. The Council also said that as the city has grown and changed, “so have the skills needed to manage” it. The City Council did not give any further reasons for letting Allen go.
In his own statement, Allen says he always “strived to make this a better city and loved doing so.”
Allen oversaw 3,200 Raleigh city employees and earned $232,000 a year. The Raleigh City Council will begin searching for his replacement immediately. Allen’s current contract ends July first.