ALBANY ALBANY — Three finalists have been named as the city of Albany seeks to fill the assistant city manager position that had been held by James Taylor before he was named city manager last year.
Lonnie Ballard, Dennis Stroud, and William Tinsley have been named as the top candidates for the city’s open position, city officials say.
Whomever is hired will assume responsibility for overseeing operations of the city’s public services division, which includes public works and community and economic development.
The responsibilities will include oversite of the city’s planning, engineering, parks and recreation, and Civic Center departments, Taylor said. The new assistant city manager also will serve as liason between the city manager’s office and Municipal Court, and will be responsible for special investigations outside of his or her departments of responsibility.
Taylor said that the three candidates — all currently working for local governments in Georgia — are well qualified for the position and that any of them would serve the residents of the city well.
“After carefully considering those who applied for the position and weighing the input from the panelists who interviewed the top five candidates, I feel that these three people are the best finalists for the position. We’ll now work with each to select the person who is the best fit for the position,” Taylor said.
Ballard is employed as the assistant city manager for the city of Riverdale. Ballard has a bachelor’s degree in English from Hampton University in Hampton, Va., and a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
“I am excited about the potential to serve the citizens of Albany as an assistant city manager. Albany has much to be proud of, including a rich history and new and exciting projects. I look forward to an opportunity to play a role in its economic growth and quality of life initiatives,” Ballard said Monday.
Stroud is employed as the assistant director of recreation, parks and facilities the city of Augusta. Stoud retired as a sergeant major in the U.S. Army after 25 years and has received a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and a master’s degree in leadership development from Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.
Tinsely has been employed as an assistant county manager/finance director for Habersham County in Clarkesville since 2006. Tinsley has a bachelor’s degree in political science from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., and a master’s degree in city management from East Tennessee State University.
Attempts to contact Stroud and Tinsley on Monday were unsucessful.
The three were part of a candidate pool of 93 applicants, according to records obtained Friday by The Albany Herald. That list was culled down to five who were interviewed by a panel of city department heads and a panel of community members on Feb. 17.