James Taylor is the newly named Albany City manager. We agree whole heartedly with this move by the Albany city Commission.
Taylor is a demonstrated leader. When the city ran into Trouble and fired the downtown manager, Taylor stepped up big time and calmed the stormy waters putting the downtown back on track for improvement.
Taylor has already invested 22 years of his life in Albany. Why not invest in a man who sees Albany is more than a job but also his home, rather than an outsider who may see the Albany City Manager job as a stepping stone to another job.
The Albany form of government requires a part time mayor and part time commission setting policy and a city manager to literally run the local government.
It is what is known as a Strong city manager form of Government.