Deputy City Mgr. position approved

Deputy City Mgr. position approved

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany City Commissioners have approved the deputy city manager position.

Commissioner Tommie Postell made the motion to ratify the deputy city manager position. Commissioners B. J. Fletcher and Roger Marietta voted against it.

Last week, Interim City Manager Tom Berry said he would recommend that former Assistant City Manager Lonnie Ballard  take over for him soon, but Ballard hasn't been promised the job.

Ward IV Commissioner Marietta said the city needs to interview other candidates. "It's important in the future, when we do hire a city manager, that not only the city commissioners meet the candidates, but also the people, we should have a reception, have regular people talk to the candidates, or the candidate, however it works out," said Marietta.

"I wouldn't bring him if I didn't support him to be city manager. So he certainly has my vote, but I don't vote. That is a commission's decision," said Tom Berry, Interim City Manager.

Tom Berry told us he had not had formal talks with commissioners about hiring Ballard before last Thursday, but commissioners tell us they have had multiple discussions about Ballard recently in executive session.

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