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City briefed on search

ALBANY, Ga. -- In a story first posted at Albanyherald.com, the recruiter hired by the city commission to find candidates to be its next city manager briefed the body in a closed-door session Monday.

Colin Baenziger & Associates has been contracted to find candidates to replace former city manager Alfred Lott.

At its retreat in February, the commission asked Baenziger to narrow the list under consideration -- which at the time was 13 but has now been lowered to eight -- to five candidates.

Mayor Pro Tem Roger Marietta, who presided over Monday's meeting, said afterwards that Baenziger will provide the commission with detailed dossiers when he further narrows the list to five next week.

"He's going to go back and do further background checks and refine the list down to approximately five next week, and he'll present us with a list of five and a list of background materials that are extensive for each one," Marietta said.

Commissioners are looking at meeting with Baenziger again on March 21 after having digested information on the five candidates before they make any decision on finalists.

Assistant City Manager James Taylor, who has applied for the permanent position, has been named interim city manager until the commission makes a decision.

The city's other assistant city manager, Wes Smith, has also said publicly that he's applied for the position. Smith and Taylor are believed to be among the final eight.

The search could be concluded by the end of April, with the new head of the city government likely to take office before the start of the fiscal year on July 1.