City of Albany tables solicitor hiring

ALBANY -- The city of Albany has delayed the hiring of a new solicitor for Municipal Court so that the board can interview the applicants before making a decision.

The City Attorney's Office has been serving in that role since former solicitor Tony Jones resigned after having his law license suspended by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Tuesday, the commission had four applicants ask for consideration for the job -- local attorneys Gerald Williams, Karen McWhite, Charles Lamb and Joel Callins. Mayor Willie Adams, however, asked if the commission if it would table the matter until the candidates could be interviewed.

"This will be an appointee of the commission. ... It's an important position and I think that we should at least talk to them, if only to get a feel for them," Adams said.

Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell told the mayor he thought it was a good idea and made the motion to table consideration until the commission can speak with the applicants.

The solicitor is responsible for representing the city in Municipal Court cases, which include minor traffic cases, code enforcement and animal control cases.

Jones was suspended by the high court after it reviewed a complaint from a client who said Jones failed to represent the client in a civil proceeding. Jones indicated in his letter to the city that he would try and work with the court to see if it would reconsider its decision.