Transparency needed in Savannah City Manager search

In my City Talk column in Tuesday’s Savannah Morning News, Transparency needed in city manager search, I point out some of the big achievements of the current City Council, including “affordable housing initiatives, domestic partner benefits for city employees, residential recycling, bicycling and the new smoking ordinance.”

But the popular mood is not one of achievement, but of distrust and suspicion, which has been the case since the departures last year of City Manager Michael Brown and Assistant City Manager Chris Morrill. Five candidates for the City Manager post, presumably including current Acting City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney, are scheduled to meet the public next week. I say “presumably” because the city’s elected leaders have chosen not to divulge the names of the finalists. It’s a move that could have plenty of negative consequences.

I say more in the column.

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