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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders hope to work out a deal Wednesday for the former General Manager of Water Gas and Light to become the Interim City Manager.

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said Tom Berry plans to accept the job.

City officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss a contract for Berry. Mayor Hubbard says the search for a permanent city manager has already begun.

Tom Berry will take over as the city's top employee after city manager James Taylor resigned Tuesday.

"I'm really delighted to have him come and join us and help us get through this transition period," says Mayor Dorothy Hubbard

Mayor Hubbard says even though Berry abruptly quit as general manager of Water, Gas, and Light, she's confident he can handle the new position.

"We all have our moments and I have my moments sometimes, and I think he had one of those moments. I think things will be alright," says Hubbard.

James Taylor quit amid controversy over a $20,000 bonus he authorized for city worker Veronica Wright. Hubbard says commissioners haven't discussed any action to take that money back.

"I don't know what the commission can do in light of the fact that it's in the charter and he can spend up to $40,000 without even our knowledge of it. Now normally he didn't do those kinds of things," she says.

Veronica Wright did not wish to do an interview with WALB, but issued a statement that says it was wrong for Mr. Taylor's character to be attacked as it was, and there was no policy violation or wrong doing when he chose to grant her a bonus.

Hubbard says she would like to set up a new policy on bonuses.

"Perhaps that is one of the things that we would want to do. We would look at our charter and see where do we want to go from here, do we need to have some additional restrictions if you will or reporting processes," says Hubbard.

Hubbard says they will do a nationwide search for the new city manager, and look for someone with experience who can work with a diverse workforce.

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