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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The city of Albany will use a corporate head-hunter and the city's own resources in the search for a new downtown manager.

The city has accepted a proposal from the Mercer Group, a corporate headhunter, to help with the process. Their process is said to be similar to Slavin Management that helped select Don Buie.

What's different this time, is once a candidate is selected, the city will do their own statewide and national background check, looking at records as far back as the candidates 18th birthday.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith has been charged with overseeing the process and says they'll need the help of a national fire to find the right person.

"There are not a whole lot of people who do this work," said Smith. "But secondly with some of the challenges we had with the last individual we have a reputation that we have to work on, and its going to be harder to get people to come until they realize the improvement we've made since that point." 

 Smith hopes to have a candidate in place within 90 days. He anticipates the city will not release the names of up to three finalists, but will only release the name when they have the top candidate they plan to hire.

 

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