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Albany city chief spot draws many seekers

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Nearly 60 people applied for the top job in the city of Albany. The opening for the city manager's position closed Friday.

Now the consultant hired by the city will review resumes and pick out about a dozen candidates they think are qualified to run the city.

In a word, the Mayor says the city needs a Magician, and one that's focused on making sure infrastructure in Albany is brought up to and kept in top shape.

Mayor Willie Adams says the next city manager's top priority should be clear. "Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. That should be it because it's going to be hard for Atlanta to absorb any other growth in the state and people are going to be looking at South Georgia and Southwest Georgia and Albany sticks out like a Cinderella."

He says getting our roads, storm drains and sewers in order is what will keep Albany on the radar for more economic development opportunities. "It's not a beautiful thing," said Adams. "It's nothing that you walk by and see like the Ray Charles plaza, but it's all underground, but the underground has to be fixed in order to support growth."

As for the infrastructure of city government, Adams says it's in good shape. "There's a time and place for the type person you need and I would be less than honest if I wouldn't say at this point that when Al Lott came along, Al Lott is exactly what we needed at that time."

He says Lott brought accountability and discipline and put the right people in charge, replacing 13 of 15 department heads. "If we get a good, intelligent city manager, he or she is going to be blessed because I think the ship has navigated the turbulent waters and the seas are pretty much smooth right now."

Smooth sailing into the next era of city government.

Background checks will be performed on approximately the top 12 candidates. The top candidates from that group will then be recommended to the city commission and they'll pull from that list of people they want to interview.

The starting salary for the new city manager will be between $120,000 and $170,000.

Right now, interviews are scheduled for the first week of April with a selection made soon thereafter.

 
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