ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany City Commissioners unanimously approved a contract with new City Manager Sharon Subadan during special called meeting this morning.
Afterward, she addressed commissioners and thanked them, saying that she's excited to get started in her new job. "I'm very honored to be here. I'm very grateful to God for this opportunity," said the new city manager.
The unanimous vote includes a three year contract with a base annual salary of $175,000. "As a commissioner and as a citizen and a voter of this constituent, I think that we made a good choice regardless of what we've read about her background," said Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard.
That background includes being demoted twice and her current job with Hillsborough County, Florida being eliminated.
"We all make mistakes and I think that looking at what some of the criticism that was warranted against her, I think it was unwarranted. And I think she's here to prove herself," Howard said.
Subadan, who's worked in the public sector for 25 years, says she plans to work hard to make commissioners proud of their choice to hire her. "There's always the opportunity for criticisms to be leveled. But I'd like the chance to demonstrate my commitment and my abilities and really hit the ground running in a new place."
Subadan will start in the next 30 days. "I think Albany is a place with an incredible amount of potential. And I'm looking forward to maximizing that potential. I am a public servant. I am here to roll up my sleeves and get to work."
Sharon Subadan is taking over for Tom Berry, who left May 22nd.
He served as interim city manager since July 2014, after James Taylor abruptly resigned.
Subadan's base salary is $175,000, and she will be reimbursed for moving expenses, up to $7,500.
The city will so pay her a housing supplement of $400.00 per month, for three months.
Her contract contains these compensations-
- $500 a month for a car allowance
- $90 a month for her cell phone
- Dues compensation for numerous associations
- Compensation to attend the Georgia Municipal Association meeting
- She begins her tenure with 24 vacation days, and 15 sick days
- The city will pay 8.9% of her salary into a retirement fund of her choice