Greensboro hires new city manager

The city of Greensboro announced Tuesday that Rashad Young has been hired as city manager. Young is leaving a job as the city manager of Dayton, Ohio. He replaces Mitchell Johnson, who was fired by the council in March. Young began working for Dayton in

1994 as a college student, and advanced to the position of acting assistant city manager over the next eight years. After almost three years working for the city of Cincinnati, Young returned to Dayton as assistant city manager, and was promoted to city manager in January 2006. The 33-year-old Young will receive a salary of $179,500. He and his wife are currently shopping for a house, and he said his first day on the job will be Oct. 16. “I want the residents to know they’ll see a lot of me,” Young said. — JG

Candidates for mayor and districts 1, 3 and 4 to appear

GreensboroCity Council candidates for mayor and for districts 1, 3 and 4 willappear at a Guilford County Unity Effort candidate forum at theGreensboro Historical Museum on Sept. 8. Yvonne Johnson, who is seeking a second term as mayor, and challenger Bill Knight have both confirmed that they will attend. All six candidates in District 1 have confirmed, including incum bent Dianne Bellamy-Small, along with challengers Charles D. Coffey, Luther T. Falls Jr., Ben Holder, Jeramy Reid and Daron R. Sellars. All three candidates for District 3, including incumbent Zack Matheny and challengers George Hartzman and Jay Ovittore are expected to appear. All four candidates from District 4 — Joel Landau, Mike Martin and Joseph Rahenkamp and Mary Rakestraw have also agreed to participate. Jordan Green from YES! Weekly, Amanda Lehmert from the News & Record, Yasmine Regester from the Carolina Peacemaker and NC A&T University sociology professor Bob Davis willalternate as questioners. Guilford County Unity Effort is backed by theDurham-based election watchdog group Democracy North Carolina. — JG