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Lott named finalist for Savannah post

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

SAVANNAH -- Albany City Manager Alfred Lott is among four finalists announced by Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson on Friday to take over as city manager of Georgia's oldest city.

Lott, who announced last summer that he would resign his position as Albany city manager by July 1, has been Albany's city manager since 2005.

Lott finds himself competing against Wayne Cauthen, the former city manager of Kansas City, Mo.; Pat Digiovanni, the deputy city manager of San Antonio, Texas; and Rochelle Small-Toney, the current interim Savannah City Manager.

Lott and the other candidates will gather Tuesday night in Savannah for a public meet-and-greet, after which the public will be allowed to leave written responses for consideration by Johnson and Savannah's aldermen.

While Albany has prospered financially since Lott was hired and is enjoying a reserve fund that is nearing $20 million, his administration has run into speed bumps in the form of a few very public scandals, most notably the hiring, firing, indictment and conviction for fraud of former downtown manager Don Buie -- a convicted felon at the time of his hire -- all of which occurred under Lott's watch.