A few days after announcing a new job as Raleigh lobbyist for the city of Charlotte, Julie White has returned to her old post as lobbyist for all of the state’s largest cities.
White, a veteran communications strategist, had accepted the job of intergovernmental relations manager for Charlotte on Jan. 11, with a goal of improving relations between the state’s biggest city and state government, Bruce Siceloff reports. She had planned to work mostly from Raleigh — unlike her Charlotte-based predecessor Boyd Cauble, who retired in December.
She was supposed to start work Monday. Instead, after spending last week in Charlotte, she told Curt Walton, Charlotte city manager, that she had changed her mind. The job would require her to take too much time away from her husband and three children, she said.
"After spending the week in Charlotte it has become apparent to me that to succeed as the City's Intergovernmental Relations Manager, I would have to spend more time in Charlotte than I can personally commit because of family obligations," White said in an e-mail to Walton.
White was back at her old job in Raleigh this week as director of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, which represents the state's biggest 26 cities.
White previously worked as a communications and policy adviser for then-Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, then-House Majority Leader Phil Baddour and then-State Treasurer Richard Moore. She worked on Moore's campaign for governor in 2008.
In Charlotte, Walton has started looking again for a new lobbyist.