Official: It's 'likely' civic center director has turned down job

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga.: A top city official says that it is "likely" that the man picked to head up the Civic Center will decline the job after all.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith confirmed to the Herald Friday night that Timothy Mabe will likely turn down the city's job offer to become the Civic Center director.

"I can't say that it's 1,000 percent for sure at this point, but yes, it is likely that, for what I can say were personal reasons that Mr. Mabe will not be accepting the job," Smith said.

Smith said his comments are based off of conversations with Mabe but that he is awaiting written notification which was expected to come Friday. Smith was on vacation and out of the office Friday.

The city offered Mabe the $85,000-per year, (88,000 had he completed a probationary period) job in December.

At that time, Mabe told the Herald that he was excited to have the opportunity to come to Albany and take the helm of the Civic Center and Municipal Auditorium.

Mabe is the third person offered the job.

The first candidate was dropped from consideration when confronted with issues from his previous job. Local businessman Lane Rosen was disqualified by the city after they said negotiations fell through -- although Rosen contends he was unfairly disqualified after having two inconclusive drug tests and has threatened to sue if he's not given the job.