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Six top city positions open

Albany-- Planning and Community Development Director Richard Wooten is the latest to end his employment with the City of Albany.

Wooten was hired in April of 2003, and will remain with the city until May 9th. He's moving to Michigan and taking a position as County extension agent for Michigan State University.

Wooten is the sixth Albany leader to resign or retire in the last few months. Earlier this month, Assistant to the City Manager, Kevin Hogencamp, announced was leaving to take a job with Phoebe Putney.

Information Technology Director Chuck Blair is leaving in June. The City is currently interviewing applicants for the positions.

Fire Chief James Arrowood retired this month, and James Carswell is serving as the interim fire chief. Bob Boren has served as the interim Albany Police Chief since Bobby Johnson was fired last fall.

And the City Manager resigned at the beginning of the year. Water, Gas, and Light Director Lem Edwards is serving as interim city manager.

The head hunting firm looking for a city manager has received nearly 20 applications. City commissioners plan to hire a city manager and allow him or her to fill the other empty vacancies.