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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany city leaders are beginning the search for a new city manager. Current City Manager Al Lott plans to leave when his contract runs out next year.

Today, city commissioners heard from two consulting firms that want to help with the search.

This time next year, Al Lott will no longer be the city manager, so commissioners are already moving forward with the search process. "I understand Mr. Lott is going to resign in the summer so hopefully we will have a candidate before then," said Mayor Willie Adams.

Tuesday morning commissioners listened to presentations from two independent consulting firms, both interested in offering their services to commissioners. "They made excellent presentations, I think we will be well on our way and sometime in March we will start the process," said Adams.

Commissioners will choose between Colin Baezinger and Associates out of Wellington, Florida, and the Mercer group who commissioners used in the hiring of downtown Manager Aaron Blair. "What's most important to me is we select a person who will keep things going in a very positive fashion,"said Adams.

And both consultants are offering their services to commissioners at $20,000 dollars, which the Mayor says will be money well spent. "It would cost us much more to do it internally and then we run the risk of not doing a very thorough background check," he said.

And for the city, background checks are key, especially after former Downtown Manager Don Buie went to jail for theft of city money."We had an unfortunate incident previously so we want to avoid that this time around," said Adams.

And both firms promised extensive checks, "We run our criminal background checks at the county level, the state level and at the federal level we go back 15-years," said Colin Baenziger.

Commissioners will vote on which consulting firm they want to go with at their next meeting.

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