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Rosen is 'best' for position

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY,Ga. -- Lane Rosen has officially been named by City Manager Alfred Lott as the best-qualified candidate to become the city's next Albany Civic Center director.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith made the announcement in a press release.

"Once the required waiting period is over and we formalize an offer, I hope it will be the beginning of a positive relationship between Mr. Rosen and the city," Smith said Wednesday.

Rosen becomes the second candidate to be selected for the position, which has been vacant for the past eight months. John Mazzola left the position in May to take a job in Dodge City, Kan. Shannon McCullough of Athens had previously emerged as the top candidate for the position, but he withdrew his name from consideration Sept. 20.

"I'm real proud to have reached this point in the process; I'm very flattered, humbled," Rosen said Wednesday. "I see it as a vote of confidence on the eight years of hard work I've put in at the State (Theatre). There's a big task ahead, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"There are questions that will have to be answered, but once we go through this process I expect to spend a lot of time listening and learning. But forget glass half-full; my glass is always overflowing. I'm totally optimistic that we can get this facility back on the map."

Rosen is a developer and has served as managing partner of the downtown State Theatre for the past seven years. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Georgia Southern University.

Now that Lott's office has provided public notice of Rosen's emergence as the best-qualified candidate in compliance with state open records laws, the city must wait 14 days before taking final action in naming a civic center director.

"This has been a long process," Smith said. "We've been at this for eight months, and during that time I've served as interim director. This is the second time around, so I hope everything works out this time."