Taylor interim city manager

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- As expected, the Albany City Commission ratified its vote last week and has decided to make Assistant City Manager James Taylor the interim city manager once Alfred Lott abdicates the position March 2.

While the vote during their business meeting went down without discussion and was unanimous, commissioners did go into executive session in the pre-briefing to discuss whether Taylor should receive a bump in pay while serving as interim.

It is something Lott recommended.

"I would think it would be appropriate before a vote is made to talk about compensation," Lott said. "We're talking about going from five departments (under Taylor's control) to 15."

As discussion continued, some on the commission urged the body to go into executive session given that it was talking about personnel matters.

The board voted and went into the closed-door session for about 15 minutes, during which time Lott talked with Taylor one-on-one in the cordoned-off breezeway just outside the commission's briefing room.

Both Taylor and Assistant City Manager Wes Smith have applied for the permanent position. Corporate headhunter Baenzinger & Associates has been hired by the city to find suitable candidates for the position.

At Monday's city commission retreat, City Human Resources Director Angela Price said that Baenzinger had whittled down the list of candidates from 61 to 13.