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City Manager Janice Allen Jackson  (File photo) City Manager Janice Allen Jackson (File photo)
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April 20, 2004

Albany - Another week, another closed door meeting, but still no decision about whether Albany's city manager will lose her job. Tuesday morning, city commissioners drilled Janice Allen Jackson will questions during a nearly two hour executive session.

Jackson's job has been in limbo for nearly a month after city commissioners decided not to renew her contract without more thought. "Several of the commissioners had specific concerns, and of course all those concerns were expressed [Tuesday]," said Mayor Dr. Willie Adams.

Citizens, city staff, and the media were forced out of the meeting for a closed door executive session. For nearly two hours, commissioners told Jackson their concerns and demanded a response by Monday morning. "It's a matter of giving Ms. Jackson an opportunity to respond. There is a lot of information she has to gather, and she does need time to do that," said Mayor Adams.

Jackson would not comment on the future of her job. But, members of her church came to the meeting to show support and were surprised the commissioners once again made no decision on her job.

"We would have hoped that it would have been much quicker," said Ed Garmartin, a Deacon at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. "We would have thought it would not have required that much thought or decision making."

But commissioners are giving the matter a lot of thought and a lot of talk.

Another executive session set for Monday at 8:30AM. "I feel strongly that after she makes her presentation, a decision will be made one way or the other," said Mayor Adams.

So, Jackson has five days to convince commissioners she's done a good job running the city and deserves to stay onboard.

Posted at 4:25PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com