Water Gas and Light's new leader has already started working.
Thursday, the WG&L board named Stephen Collier interim Assistant city manger for utilities, which is a new title. Collier, who's worked for the city for nearly 33 years was appointed by the city manager after general manager Tom Berry abruptly quit recently.
Collier says he's excited and thankful for the position. "I had a great staff, great team, doing great things, but I looked over here and said why not go over and lend whatever help you can. I don't know if it will be permanent or not. But I know I can come over here, bring some of the policies, procedures we were using with the charter revisions, that's got to happen. So it was just a good fit for this moment," said Collier.
Collier says one of the challenges he'll face is the new budget, but plans to help WG&L grow. "We must grow and to grow we have to leave the corporate limits. And the market is set for us to be successful leaving the corporate limits. It's going to be challenging because it's new."
He left his post as the director of Albany's Central Services Department, which will be taken over by the current deputy director, Yvette Fields.
Berry quit last week because of changes the city commission plans to make to the city charter to give the city manager more authority over WG&L.