Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson disclosed the finalists’ names Friday. The other candidates are Wayne Cauthen, former city manager of Kansas City, Mo.; Pat Digiovanni, deputy city manager of San Antonio, Texas; and Rochelle Small-Toney, Savannah’s interim city manager.
Lott’s tenure has been plagued with mishaps since he left his Takoma Park, Md., public work director’s post in September 2005 to become Albany’s city manager. When the Albany City Commission met with Lott last summer summer to force his resignation, Mayor Willie Adams convinced a majority of the commissioners to allow Lott to remain on the job for nearly 13 months — until July 2011 – to give him to find another job.