ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The city of Albany may release names of finalists for the downtown manager position next week.
City officials say after interviews last week they narrowed down their list of five applicants to two that they asked for a release to conduct background check on. According to state law, they're supposed to release finalists names once they are down to three or fewer candidates. City leaders won't release the names because they the background checks as part of the process to determine a finalist.
"We this it's part of the process itself, of course we've talked with the city attorney because it is our intent to comply with the intent of the law, but we don't think it does us or the general public any good to release somebody who falls out because of a background check. I don't think that's a good thing for anybody," said Wes Smith, Albany Assistant City Manager.
The city's Human Resources Department and the Albany Police Department are participating in those background check. They already turned up questionable information one candidate who made it through the initial screening by a consultant paid to help with the hiring process.