Where is Gary O'Connell?
Charlottesville’s City Manager, Gary O’Connell, has been on medical leave since October 22, says City spokesperson Ric Barrick, recovering at home from a “private” and unknown medical procedure that is requiring him to "rest at home to recover." An email autoreply from O’Connell says he will return on November 23. Barrick says that O’Connell’s condition is “not life threatening” and that he would “probably return” earlier than November 23. Meanwhile, Aubrey Watts, the City’s economic development director, has been left in charge, with city staff filling in as acting City Manager on a rotating basis, says Barrick.