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Downtown manager position an uneasy sell

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City Manager Al Lott City Manager Al Lott

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  City Manager Al Lott said the Downtown manager position is a narrow niche to fill, and getting candidates to consider Albany wasn't easy.

The search that lead Albany leaders to name the best two qualified candidates Thursday, took two and a half months longer than expected.

The city used The Mercer Group consulting firm to find qualified candidates, because when the city in the past did their own search they came up with candidates not qualified for the job.

Mercer originally found 15 candidates they did background checks on.

Lott says then convincing candidates Albany is a place they want to work isn't easy.

"It's not the easiest thing to get people to come to southwest Georgia, we're not off of the interstate, we're not close to a major airport so you have to convince people this is a great place, okay, where is it now how close is it to Atlanta,"  Lott says.

Lott also said because of the trouble involving Don Buie, Albany has another hurdle to overcome with newcomers.

The foreclosure issue with the city's top choice for Downtown manager D. Aaron Blair and the investigation of Morrow councilman John Lampl both came up after background checks were performed by the Mercer Group.

 

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