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WG&L board to discuss policy, new GM at retreat

Water, Gas & Light in Albany

Water, Gas & Light in Albany

ALBANY, Ga. -- Water, Gas & Light staff will have an opportunity to discuss ways they think interim General Manager James Taylor can better do his job today during the final day of a two-day retreat conducted by Taylor and the WG&L board.

The five-member board -- Bob Hutchinson, Morris Gurr, Judith Corbett, Chad Warbington and Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard -- met with Taylor and other utility officials Friday at WG&L's Lily Pond Road facilities to discuss issues such as the future of the utility's telecom component, organizational structure and the hiring of a permanent general manager.

The board also heard presentations by officials with Electric Cities of Georgia and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG). WG&L is a member of both groups.

"Organizational structure is an important component that we will discuss," Taylor said before Friday's session. "There is overlap now with the city of Albany, and we'll talk about ways to best utilize our personnel.

"I also think it's important to have policy documents in place for any part of the organization that is unique to WG&L. Right now, policy is decided by the board at the (monthly) meetings. There needs to be documents in place outlining policy so that when I'm long gone, future (officials) will have a basis for decisions that are made."

Taylor said he's very interested in getting input on the hiring of a general manager to replace long-time GM Lemuel Edwards, who retired in February.

"I'm not real sure where we need to go with this right now," Taylor said. "My gut feeling is that if I stay a while, I may end up being the (interim Dougherty County School System Superintendent) Butch Mosely who goes in and cleans house and then we can bring in someone else to run things.

"Or we could bring in another Butch Mosely to clean things up before we hire a permanent GM. The final decision is ultimately mine because it will take me making a commitment to stay (at WG&L) during that period. But I want input from the board before a final decision is made."

Taylor said he'll "step away for a while" today to allow staff to discuss ways he might do things differently as head of the utility.

"I want it to be a frank, open discussion, so I'll leave while they talk," he said. "I don't want them to feel any pressure; I want them to feel free to say what's on their mind. It will essentially be a team-building session."

Taylor said discussion during the two-day retreat is the beginning of what he hopes will be ongoing dialogue between board members and WG&L management and personnel.


Abytaxpayer 1 year, 8 months ago

Just wait the rate hikes are coming. Albany Commissioners how have their attack in place and what is the first thing Taylor says? "I'm not real sure where we need to go with this right now," O yes another well thought out plan designed by our Great "Leaders".....more like they smell the money.....Good bye MEAG money Hello rate hikes


whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

You must have seen the playbook!


shegab03 1 year, 8 months ago

WG&L are a bunch of losers they arrested a single father of 6 kids all under 12 because his lightbill was over $1400.00 and it got cut off he went without lights for 2 weeks he found a friend that would cut them on her name, paid her $300.00 bill and the money to cut them on, they were suppose to be cut on the next day instead he got arrested for false data and concealing facts. And they are going to arrest his friend REALLY are you SERIOUS so now they have no mama or daddy BUNCH OF REAL LOSERS AND THEY CALL ALBANY THE GOODLIFE CITY HAHAHAHAHA WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sally_O 1 year, 8 months ago

If he stole $1400 worth of services without paying his bill and then using someone else's name to steal more services plus giving false imformation they should be arrested. Seems to me they are the real losers.Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Everybody wants everything for free and we wonder why our country is in bad shape.


agirl_25 1 year, 8 months ago

SIX KIDS UNDER 12???? Goodness, there is something else I think someone should cut off. Why would anyone in this day and age have 6 kids when they cannot provide basics for them? Tell us more about this guy, please. Maybe I can change my attitude but it is kind of doubtful.


Abytaxpayer 1 year, 8 months ago

@shega you are WRONG. The rate payers of WG&L were the losers. The thief has so many other ways of receiving help with his bill. But to run it up to $14000 and then try to STEAL more is the reason WG&L has rules we ALL must follow. If he had spent more time working than pumping out babies he and the children would ALL be better off. It is the Entitlement mentality that is killing Albany. Albany used to be know as the "GOODlife City" now it is known as "Free for Life City". It is NOT my responsibility to raise anyone's kids just because they can breed.


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