Former Albany mayor says city manager resigned

Former Mayor Willie Adams announced that city Manger James Taylor resigned.
/ Franklin White

On Tuesday, a major announcement was made at the Albany City Commission meeting.

Former Albany Mayor Willie Adams stood before the commission and announced Albany City Manager James Taylor resigned after three years in office.

But this was no shock to the commission.

Taylor had already sent them all a formal resignation letter stating he was leaving immediately.

In the letter, Taylor referred to the controversial decision to give a city employee a bonus of $20,000.

Taylor is quoted in the letter as saying, "the simple truth is, I did what I thought I was hired to do, manage the city and all of it's assets to the best of my ability."

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said, Taylor was honest about his decision and that he was not in the wrong. "That was the only discussion that he and I had and he said that he felt he was justified and so being that he had made good sound decisions before, I'm going to leave it at that."

In a 4-3 the Albany City Commission voted to nominate former Water, Gas & Light General Manager Tom Berry as the Interim City Manager.

The Mayor, Commissioner Fletcher, Coleman and Langstaff voted yes. Commissioner Howard, Marietta, and Postell voted no.

FOX 31 news reached out to the city manager's office and Berry for comment.

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