Tom Berry to accept City Manager job after downtown shakeup - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Tom Berry to accept City Manager job after downtown shakeup

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.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Moms danced to support Brittany Kerfoot Memorial project

    Moms danced to support Brittany Kerfoot Memorial project

    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-02-25 21:00:34 GMT
    Nearly 100 moms danced with their little ones to help support the Brittany Kerfoot Memorial Project. (Source: WALB)Nearly 100 moms danced with their little ones to help support the Brittany Kerfoot Memorial Project. (Source: WALB)
    Nearly 100 moms danced with their little ones to help support the Brittany Kerfoot Memorial Project. (Source: WALB)Nearly 100 moms danced with their little ones to help support the Brittany Kerfoot Memorial Project. (Source: WALB)

    A handful of moms in Albany danced the night away in honor of a local teacher who died in a plane crash. Family and friends of Brittany Kerfoot who died in 2016, wanted to remember her in a special way. 

    More >>

    A handful of moms in Albany danced the night away in honor of a local teacher who died in a plane crash. Family and friends of Brittany Kerfoot who died in 2016, wanted to remember her in a special way. 

    More >>
  • Chehaw welcomes fruit bat pup

    Chehaw welcomes fruit bat pup

    Sunday, February 25 2018 3:27 PM EST2018-02-25 20:27:12 GMT
    A new straw-colored fruit bat pup was born January 21 at Chehaw. (Source: Chehaw's Facebook page)A new straw-colored fruit bat pup was born January 21 at Chehaw. (Source: Chehaw's Facebook page)
    (Source: Chehaw's Facebook page)(Source: Chehaw's Facebook page)

    A few guests may have seen something adorable during recent trips to Chehaw.

    More >>

    A few guests may have seen something adorable during recent trips to Chehaw.

    More >>
  • Leesburg Police Chief honored by motorcycle fundraiser ride

    Leesburg Police Chief honored by motorcycle fundraiser ride

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:07 PM EST2018-02-25 03:07:32 GMT
    Motorcyclists start their more than 100 mile ride across South Georgia (Source: WALB)Motorcyclists start their more than 100 mile ride across South Georgia (Source: WALB)
    Motorcyclists start their more than 100 mile ride across South Georgia (Source: WALB)Motorcyclists start their more than 100 mile ride across South Georgia (Source: WALB)

    A South Georgia community is helping one of its leaders fight the battle of a lifetime. Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore is fighting cancer.

    More >>

    A South Georgia community is helping one of its leaders fight the battle of a lifetime. Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore is fighting cancer.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly