Albany city leaders owe taxpayers an explanation.
They offered the downtown manager job to a candidate without publicizing the offer and before completing an in-depth background check. Once that check was completed, city leaders put the offer on hold, but only after sending the candidate a 3-thousand dollar check for moving expenses.
City attorney Nathan Davis is dodging our questions about why the job offer was kept secret.
We also want to know what happened to that 3-thousand dollars, whether the job offer was officially rescinded and where the job search stands now. But Interim City Manager Phil Roberson refuses to comment, saying it's a personnel matter.
Clearly the process was mishandled, and city leaders need to be more forthcoming to give taxpayers some confidence that the next step in filling this important job will be handled better.