Tempe has offered a contract to the top staff official in the government of Virginia Beach, Va., to become its next city manager.
Charles W. Meyer, if he accepts the deal and the City Council approves the contract, would replace Will Manley, who retired in September. Assistant City Manager Jeff Kulaga is acting as interim city manager.
The council will take up the contract at its Nov. 8 meeting. Terms of the offer were not released.
Meyer has served as Virginia Beach’s chief executive officer since late 2003. Before that, he was city manager in St. Louis Park, Minn.
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman recently visited Virginia Beach, and returned impressed by Meyer’s popularity among city employees.
“To a person, all of the folks we interviewed were not just supportive of Charlie Meyer as a manager and as a principle leader, but were enthusiastic fans of his talents and abilities,” Hallman said Monday.
A phone message left with Meyer’s office was not returned.
Meyer was selected for the job over three other finalists, including two in-house candidates: community relations manager Shelly Hearn and internal audit manager Ken Jones.
Also under consideration was Sterling Cheatham, city manager in Wilmington, N.C.