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City Manager needed to fill other vacancies

July 27, 2005

Albany- Albany's consultant group, Capital Principles, recommended the city wait on filling many of the vacant department head positions until a city manager is hired. The purpose, because the city manager would be dealing directly with those leaders.

Without an Albany city manager in place many key departments within the city also remain without permanent leaders.

"They want the new city manager to participate in those decisions," said C. Nathan Davis, Albany City Attorney.

Many of those positions can sit open as long as necessary. Since September, the police department has been run by Interim Chief Bob Boren and the fire department's in the hands of Interim Chief James Carswell, but with a best candidate named for manager, permanent directors for those positions could still be in the distant future.

"We're excited about the new manager coming in and filling some key positions that are either currently vacant or being served by interim directors," said Kevin Hogencamp, Asst. City Manager.

In addition to police and fire positions, the city has been without a permanent Planning and Development Director, Community and Economic Development director, and a second assistant city manager.

"We're very fortunate to have the positions filled by people with a lot of experience so there is no rush to go further at this point," said Davis.

But for those filling in, a final decision may allow them to get on with business.

"Having the job permanently versus on an interim bases gives you more ownership of the position and I guess more zeal to go about your job to take risks when necessary," said Hogencamp.

Georgia's open record laws provide at least 14 days between when the manager candidates are named and when a deal can be struck between the city and their best candidate, but an agreement could take longer than that.

"The time table for filling the positions will be entirely in the manager's hands," said Hogencamp. It could still be another couple of months before those positions are filled.

"If Mr. Lott and the city do agree on an offer of employment, I would think that he can hit the ground with his feet running and it will go smoothly on getting those positions filled," said Davis.

The city is currently in negotiations with Alfred Lott, but said those discussions on salary and a contract are confidential. The agreement, if one can be reached, is expected to take longer than the 14 days.