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City Manager's supporters unhappy with decision

April 27, 2004

Albany - More anger Tuesday night from supporters of Albany's City Manager. "I'm totally concerned with everything they're doing in this particular matter," said Leon Gardner. Supporters say it's unfair commissioners made a decision on Janice Allen Jackson's job Monday night, after they Mayor said no decision would be made until Tuesday.

A handful of people showed up to Tuesday's city commission meeting to ask why the City Manager wasn't appointed for a two year term, but they were silenced by commissioners.

Monday, commissioners met behind closed doors for ten hours discussing Jackson's job. Five hours into the meeting, the Mayor told Jackson's supporters they should go home because no decision would be made. Commissioners did renew Jackson's contract last night, but only until the end of the year. Now, commissioners say the issue is over.

"I'm not understanding how we've gotten to this point, and especially what conditions we're giving our City Manager to work under. I'm concerned for her because she's a person, and they should afford her the opportunity to have a decent contract," said Gardner.

The Mayor says he was trying to keep Jackson's supporters from wasting their time. They say they would have happily waited if they new a decision was forthcoming.

Posted at 9:47PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com