Macon City Council voted 12-2 Tuesday night to ask that Mayor Robert Reichert work out a contract with the local office of BB&T to serve as the city’s consultant in finding a new insurance plan manager.
The resolution sponsored by Councilman Tom Ellington would end an internal council fight that has dragged on for more than a year. A city staff committee recommended Gallagher Benefit Services for the job, at a cost of $65,000, citing that firm’s extensive experience. Some council members, led by Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, insisted that the committee should instead recommend runner-up BB&T, which bid $15,000 less.
The city is self-insured but hires an outside administrator to oversee the plan. When the insurance structure changed almost two years ago, the city decided to look for a new administrator but first wanted a consultant to help find that administrator. That’s the choice that has deadlocked council committees for 16 months. The goal is to have a new plan administrator in place by the June 30 end of this fiscal year, city Finance Director Dale Walker has said.
Councilman Henry Ficklin and Councilwoman Nancy White were the only no votes. Councilman Virgil Watkins was absent.
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