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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – His departure is no surprise, but City Manager Al Lott is leaving earlier than expected.

"I'm going to be taking on a senior leadership position in the Washington D.C. Area," Lott said.

Effective March 2nd, he will vacate the position he's held for more than 5 years. He says it's a move that will bring him closer to his family.

"It's time to go. My wife is in that area. My daughter is in that area. My son's there. It all worked out."

Lott turned in his resignation Monday afternoon to Mayor Willie Adams. The move comes days after he withdrew his name from consideration for the position of city manager in Savannah. He had been a finalist for the job.

Lott says he has talked to city leaders about what kind of person he believes should replace him, but nothing further.

"I think Mayor Adams, Commissioner Postell, and (Commissioner) Marietta and the others will make good decisions," he said.

Looking back, Lott says his biggest mistake in Albany was hiring former downtown manager Don Buie who served jail time for stealing tax payer money.

"Had I known that Mr. Buie was a convicted felon and had the head hunter conducted a background investigation effectively, I wouldn't have hired him," said Lott.

But Lott believes he's had many more successes than failures, and those successes helped him land his new job.

"For example the $26 million fund balance that started at 0, the 311 system that's in existence, the best fire department in the country, the ALbany Gang Unit that's performing in an outstanding fashion, the sign ordinance that we have, the zoning ordinance," he said.

A consultant hired by the city will whittle the list down to about a dozen of the 60 applicants vying to take Lott's job.

Whoever that person is, Lott does have some advice for them. He said, "The whole issue is how I run this city organization, not whether someone likes me or not. You're measured by a 927 member organization. You have to establish standards and enforce them and be fair. Whoever the next the person is has to make sure they avoid interference in micro-management by elected officials."

Lott would not specify exactly what his new position is only that he will manage others and that he will start sometime next month. He originally planned to leave by the end of June.

Commissioners say they will discuss the matter of finding an interim replacement for Lott Tuesday morning.

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