Office of the City Manager

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 447
Office Location:  222 Pine Avenue, Suite 560
                       Albany, GA 31702-0447

Ph. 1-229-431-3234
Fax 1-229-431-3223


The City Manager's Office's mission is to provide the citizens of Albany with services that are efficient, effective and that meet their needs through customer service-based delivery. The City Manager's Office also strives to manage and direct all activities of the city government as outlined by the City Charter and Code of Ordinances, and as directed by the Board of City Commissioners.

City Manager's Report
ICMA Conference 2010 - After Action Report
The City of Albany 5-year Strategic Plan  (pdf)

James L. Taylor, City Manager  

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James L. Taylor was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Henry County Training School (now Westside High) McDonough, Georgia.  He is the second eldest of seven sons of Henry and Quittis Taylor of Ellenwood, Georgia.  His education includes a BA from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina; MA from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; and, Post-Master Studies in Foreign Policy at MIT. 

Taylor served for some 27 years of commissioned service in the United States Marine Corps.  Since his retirement he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Georgia, Southwest Alliance for Progress (Base Realignment and Closure community task group), and Director of Legislative and Military Affairs, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. 

James has served in a number of community groups to include the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging, the Thronateeska Heritage Center, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Albany Sertoma Club.

Taylor served as Albany's Assistant City Manager for Public Services for the past five years.



Wes Smith, Assistant City Manager for Customer Service and Support

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Wes Smith, Assistant City Manager for Customer Service and SupportWm. Exley Smith, Jr. (Wes) was born and raised in Macon, Georgia where he graduated from Central High School. He then attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia where he attained a BS degree in Political Science, a BS degree in Public Administration, and a Masters of Science Degree in Public Administration. 

He served the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority (ADICA, a downtown redevelopment agency for a total of eleven years, eight as Director.  During this tenure, he served two years as the statewide President of the Georgia Downtown Development Association.  The Georgia Municipal Association recognized his service in the position with the Outstanding Service Award in 1995.  He then served nine years for the City of Albany in the Engineering Department as Capital Development Superintendent.  In this capacity he was in charge of the Projects Division which manages above ground construction for the City.  He also acted as the financial manager for the City’s portion of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).