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Albany City Commissioner suggests charter changes

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany city commissioner wants more clarity on appointed officials and the employees they oversee. Mayor Pro Tem Christopher Pike says some city charter changes may be needed for how employees are hired in the city attorney's office and to whom they answer.

The city attorney is appointed by the city commission. He recently recommended one of his employees be fired, but the city manager has the final say-so. Now Pike wants the appeals process for employees who work for appointed employees revisited.

He said, "I'm a big believer in, you can't expect me to manage people and I have no control over them. So what we need to do is look at that and make sure that we hold people that are appointed officials, when we hold them accountable for their staffs actions, that they really have jurisdiction over those people to be able to manage their actions."

Pike also wants the assistant city attorney, and possibly other positions, to be directly answerable to the commission. That would require a charter change.

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