Commission offers contract to Taylor

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to offer a $130,500 contract to City Manager James Taylor.

Albany Mayor Willie Adams said following the meeting that while the crux of the contract such as salary and benefits, have been agreed upon, there remain items that he said needed some "minor tweaking."

"The salary and things of that nature are not the issue," Adams said.

"There are just some small things that need some minor tweaking."

According to the motion offered by Mayor Pro Tem Roger Marietta and the friendly amendment offered by Commissioner Tommie Postell, the commission agreed to let Adams, City Attorney Nathan Davis and Taylor negotiate the remaining loose ends of the contract.

Adams said that the items left to be negotiated likely weren't "deal breakers," however.

According to a draft version provided to the Herald in advance of the meeting, Taylor's base salary will be set at $130,500.

Unlike his predecessor, Alfred Lott, the contract for Taylor is open ended, meaning that there is no set length of the contract. It does, however, spell out that Taylor ultimately works at the whim of the commission and can be removed at any point, with or without cause.

When Lott was hired in 2005, the commission inked a three-year, $110,000 base salary deal. That deal was renewed in 2008. It wasn't immediately known what Lott's total salary was when he left the city March 2.

According to Taylor's contract, the city has agreed to pay 8.9 percent of his salary into a deferred compensation fund. He is also offered standard benefits as other city employees and is eligible for cost-of-living raises when other city employees are, the contract states.

In terms of severance, if the contract is terminated for no cause within 12 months, Taylor would receive 12 months of salary. If terminated in the second year, Taylor receives nine months of his salary as severance and if terminated after the third year, Taylor receives six months pay.

If the contract is terminated "with cause," such as malfeasance, conviction on a felony or misdemeanor charge or neglect of duty, the city owes no severance.