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Debra Campbell, Asheville City Manager

Meet Asheville's New City Manager

Debra Campbell is Asheville's first permanent female city manager and the first African-American to hold the job of overseeing nearly all daily operations, from police to road repairs.

Ms. Campbell comes to Asheville from the City of Charlotte, where she was employed in many strategic roles since 1988, including her most recent position as Assistant City Manager, starting in 2014. Prior to joining the Charlotte City Manager’s office Campbell served as the city’s Planning Director from 2004-2014, a time of booming redevelopment for the Queen City

As Asheville's manager, she is responsible for a $180 million budget and more than 1,000 employees providing a wide range of services for residents, businesses and visitors.  Her job also will include managing a surge in public and private construction. And she'll be asked to balance a booming tourism industry with increased community pushback over the number of visitors.

At LAF's May 22nd Critical Issues event, she is expected to discuss these and other challenges and answer your questions.

WHAT: LAF’s May 22, 2019 Critical Issues Luncheon

WHERE: The Country Club of Asheville, 170 Windsor Road

TIME: Food Service begins at 11:45am, the program begins at 12:15pm

COST: $25 for LAF members, $30 for nonmembers

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Friday, May 17.  RSVP to Nancy Williams at or 250-2353 (email preferred).

Earlier Event: April 24
New Asheville Art Museum
Later Event: August 28
The State of the City & County