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Downtown manager candidates set for August interviews

ALBANY, Ga. -- City officials are setting up interviews with five candidates interested in the position of Albany's downtown manager, who also serves as the executive director of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said.

The five are the remaining candidates left after the Mercer Group -- a hired headhunting firm -- whittled down the list of 56 original applicants for the job to 13 based on criteria provided by the city. That list was further narrowed to six after an initial review by City Manager Alfred Lott and other top-level city administration officials.

That list has since been narrowed further by one, Smith said.

Those five will now undergo two rounds of interviews before two different panels.

Beginning Aug. 27, the candidates will be interviewed by a professional panel consisting of Lott, Assistant City Manager and Interim ADICA Director James Taylor, Code Enforcement Director Mike Tilson, City Engineer Bruce Maples and Interim Human Resources Director Angela Price.

The candidates will then be interviewed by a community panel that will consist of three unnamed ADICA board members, Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Ted Clem and downtown business owner Bob Brooks, Smith said.

The panels will then make their recommendations with one candidate ultimately receiving a recommendation for the job.

The Albany Herald has filed a request under the Georgia Open Records Act for information on the top three candidates out of the five under consideration for the job. The city is currently considering that request.

The successful candidate will replace a void left by former Downtown Manager Don Buie, who pleaded guilty last year to charges related to the improper use of ADICA's checking account and a controversial facade grant program.