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Lott to resign March 2

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Herald has learned that City Manager Alfred Lott will leave the city sooner than expected; moving up his resignation date from June 30 to March 2.

In a phone interview with the Herald, Lott said that he has agreed to take a leadership position in the Washington, D.C., metro area, although he wouldn't specify directly.

Click here to read Lott's letter

"Everybody knows that I've been looking around for opportunities. The Savannah thing fell through, so I'm headed to be closer to family and take an opportunity up there (D.C)."

In his letter to Albany Mayor Willie Adams, Lott thanked him for his leadership during his tenure.

Lott and the rest of the city and county leadership are fresh back from a trip to the D.C. area to meet with the congressional delegation, military officials and economic development officials.

Lott was mostly recently named a finalist for the job as Savannah City Manager. Monday, Lott said that he had officially been notified by Savannah officials that he was no longer considered a candidate which prompted him to "go in other directions."

Lott was hired in 2005 from the municipal government in Takoma Park, Md.