Ruffin Hall starts work as Raleigh’s new city manager

Posted by Colin Campbell on November 18, 2013 

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Raleigh’s new City Manager Ruffin Hall, left, got his Raleigh/City of Oaks lapel pin from city employee Mike Kennon on Oct. 4. Hall started the job on Monday morning.

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Today (Monday) is Ruffin Hall’s first day on the job as the new Raleigh city manager.

The former Charlotte assistant city manager will attend his first city council meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday. But on Monday morning, he was just another new employee in city government, attending the standard 8:30 a.m. human resources orientation at the city’s solid waste services building in East Raleigh.

After learning about insurance benefits and filling out forms, he’ll meet with assistant city manager Dan Howe and interim city manager Perry James to get up to speed on Tuesday’s council agenda.

On Wednesday, Hall meets the city’s rank-and-file employees during a staff meeting at the Raleigh Convention Center. And he’ll meet Raleigh’s business leaders Wednesday night at a reception hosted by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

In order to get a handle on Raleigh’s operations, Hall’s first weeks will be spent in lengthy meetings with individual city department heads and council members.

Hall, 44, was named to the post last month after the April firing of longtime city manager Russell Allen. He will earn a $215,000 salary, plus a $6,600 annual car allowance and $21,500 in “deferred compensation” on top of the standard local government pension.

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