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April 27, 2004

Albany - City Manager Janice Allen Jackson is keeping her job for eight more months, but then city commissioners will have to make yet another decision about her future. Jackson still hasn't seen the contract commissioners unanimously agreed to Monday night, and she doesn't know why commissioners didn't sign her to the typical two-year term.

In a surprise vote, city commissioners agreed to keep Jackson, but only until December 31, 2004. "There was an agreement that we have an evaluation process, concerns would be identified and Mrs. Jackson would have period of time to address those concerns," said Commissioner Bo Dorough.

Commissioner Dorough denied, however, this is a probation period for Jackson.

A week ago, Jackson was drilled by commissioners about her performance over the last eight years. With her job on the line, she sold herself to commissioners. For more than 10 hours Monday, she gave commissioners a detailed look into her decision making process on issues from flood recovery to the financial stability of the City.

"I do think that them having an opportunity to see everything we've done in eight years all laid out at once really solidified the fact that I've done a good job as City Manager," said Jackson.

Neither Jackson nor television cameras was in the room when Jackson's most outspoken critic Henry Mathis made the motion to give her an 8 month contract and commissioners unanimously agreed. "I really was a little confused too," said Jackson. Earlier Monday, the Mayor told Jackson supporters and the media no decision would be made until Tuesday night.

"I still have not had an opportunity to talk with the Mayor and Board of Commissioners to understand exactly what the terms of this vote are. I look forward to talking with them to find out the what, why, how they arrived to that decision," said Jackson.

A smile on her face proves the decision, no matter the terms, was a relief. But it won't be long, before Jackson finds herself back in the hot seat with commissioners with her job in limbo yet again.

Posted at 5:50PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com