ALBANY — The assistant city manager for Riverdale has been named as the new assistant city manager for Albany.
Lonnie Ballard is expected to start work April 28 as the assistant city manager for public services.
Ballard will fill the void left when James Taylor was promoted to city manager last year. He’s one of three finalists for the assistant city manager position who were named in February.
On Feb. 28, Ballard was the only finalist who returned a call seeking comment after the city released the names of the three in contention.
“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 at the time.
Ballard is currently the assistant city manager for Riverdale in metro Atlanta, a town with a population of 15,134. 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.
In a news release issued at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, city officials said they were happy to welcome Ballard to the city management team, which also includes Taylor and Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.
“We welcome Mr. Ballard in joining our management team and becoming a valued member of the Albany community,” the release states.
Ballard’s responsibilities will include oversight of the city’s public works, economic development, planning, engineering, parks and recreation and Civic Center departments. He will also serve as liaison between the city manager’s office and Municipal Court, and will be responsible for special investigations outside of his or her departments of responsibility.
Ballard was among 93 others who initially applied for the position, according to documents obtained by the Herald through a Georgia Open Records Request.