No action taken in search for Albany city manager

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany City Commission adjourned a special called meeting just before 1 p.m. Monday without taking any action on its search for a new city manager.

The board had been expected to take its first steps to whittle a candidate list down. Instead, after meeting with its corporate headhunter for roughly 45 minutes in a closed-door session, the commission opened the doors to its meeting room, reconvened its public meeting and adjourned without taking any action.

"We expect to have some names to release to the press and the public soon ... in two or three weeks," Albany Mayor Willie Adams told reporters following the meeting.

The commission is working to find a permanent replacement for Alfred Lott, who resigned as city manager March 2. The board has appointed Assistant City Manager James Taylor, who has applied for the position, as the interim city manager until a permanent manager is named.

The list, which is believed to be between eight and five applicants long, does contain both Taylor and Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.

Under Georgia Open Records and Open Meetings Laws, the commission is allowed to meet in closed sessions to discuss personnel matters and keep documents relating to city manager confidential until it names finalists for the position.

At that point, the law requires the commission to disclose the identity and application materials of "as many as three" under consideration.