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Forgey best-qualified planning director candidate

ALBANY, Ga. -- Paul Forgey, who recently served as director of planning and community development for the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission and who is currently planning manager for the Glynn County Commission, has been named the best-qualified candidate to become planning and development services director for the city of Albany.

If no issues arise during the 14-day waiting period required by state law, City Manager James Taylor said in a news release Friday that Forgey will replace interim Planning Director Mary Teter, who has served in that capacity for the past two years. Teter did not apply for the director's position.

"I don't really see a problem developing with Paul (during the two-week waiting period)," Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said late Friday afternoon. "I've known him a long time and have seen him do a significant amount of regional planning work. I've been impressed with the job he's done."

Smith said the city had received more than 100 applications for the opening but had gotten "very few qualified applicants."

Forgey holds a bachelor's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Master of Public Administration degree from Valdosta State University. With the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission, he provided technical assistance to approximately 58 local governments.

"Paul did very well in the interviews; the panel really liked him a lot," Smith said. "I also think it's a plus that he's been in this area, has family here, and wants to relocate here. We're looking forward to him coming on board."

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

If the City hires Paul Forgey for Director of Planning they will have done a good day's work. Outside of his professional qualifications which are certainly excellent he is of sterling character. I do not know what would motivate a move from Glynn County to Albany but as they say, "don't look a gift horse in the mouth." The one caveat which may become an issue in working with the city and more particularly that crop of commissioners is that he is honest.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Ah!!! Most likely the PAY scale is much much higher that is why they keep coming here Usually take the money for a couple three years and get the hell back out Just ask the new Chamber Guy he wad caught boasting about how much they pay here vs where he was at. Albany will pay him $80,000 to $90,000 plus benefits. Guess I have to ask if we did not need to fill that posirion for 2 years why do we.need to spend$$ now. Maybe we are expecting a housing boon hete? Gurss people from Leee County are going to be moving back and needing new houses??

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iko 1 year, 11 months ago

I think we need someone who will kneel down to Judy "Toilet" Bowles and continue the harassment and persecution of businesses and job creators in Albany. It is vitally important that Albany's remaining private employers be snuffed out. Please support Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful (KADB), because even if you don't support its attack on our local economy, your feeble minded county and city commissioners will make certain your tax dollars will.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

Paul Forgey is a person of distinctive character and unique ability who will follow rules and guidelines. His experience in South Georgia with FEMA and local governments gives him an uncommon opportunity to hit the ground running. City Mgmt. and Dorothy Hubbard will have to run interference for him with the characterologically impaired commissioners.

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