With the news that Albany City Manager Al Lott was now out of the running for a similar position with the City of Savannah, I couldn’t help but laugh. Savannah, like many communities, was relying on headhunters to do all the investigating and didn’t realize what they would be getting with lot. Now, they do.
What would a prospective employer get with Al Lott? On paper, he can look pretty good. Military officers tend to impress a lot of folks. The truth is that any potential employer should know what doesn’t show up on the resume. For example, Lott’s resume doesn’t boast of the complaints filed against him for discrimination. It doesn’t talk about how he flaunts the law in blowing off requests made under the Georgia Open Records Act. All of that gets missed.
However, this is the day of the internet. Lott’s actions are well documented, and they are all over the net. They’re easily found with the help of such high-dollar software as Google. His exploits are the stuff of legend, and the City of Savannah finally got wind of it.
As a result, Lott is still looking for a job. For some, him not going to Savannah is a loss to the City of Albany. They have a point. However, there isn’t any reason we should gain at Savannah’s misfortune on something like this. In truth, not having Lott as a City Manager should be something that we hope and pray is true of all communities in this great nation.
Al Lott has been a disaster as city manager. His personnel decisions have been laughable at best. Under his “leadership”, we have seen a downtown manager scandal, the firing of an employee who reported the City Attorney having a firearm in his desk in violation of state law, and seen a man who used fire department resources for his own personal tasks returned to duty.
The announcement that he wouldn’t get the job in Savannah was a breath of fresh air for me. You see, I’ve always believed that the Good Lord will make things right. What goes around comes around after all. This time, it came around and smacked Al Lott right upside of his head. Sometimes, the best revenge is doing nothing.
Lott is still looking for a job. I only wish that the City Commission hadn’t allowed him to keep this one for so long. I can only hope the next hire is someone who can do the job and do it well.
Written by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at TomKnighton.com, as well as SWGAPolitics.com. A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and currently serves as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia.