Mayor Robert Reichert was planning to introduce to commissioners this week his selection as the next Macon-Bibb County manager.
But the day before Tuesday’s commission meeting, the mayor’s choice removed himself from consideration. Now a selection committee, which includes the mayor, has to decide the next step.
The options are recommending another manager from the group of remaining finalists, diving back into the larger pool of applicants or restarting the search process again, Macon-Bibb spokesman Chris Floore said.
Reichert did not reveal the name of his selection while talking with commissioners about the search Tuesday. But one offhand remark from a commissioner suggested that the candidate was potentially swayed by a raise from his current employer.
Reichert’s recommendation for county manager would need to receive final approval from the County Commission.
Floore said the county will continue moving at deliberate pace to find the next manager.
“This is an important decision that has a direct impact on how government is run the next several years,” he said.
The new county manager will replace Dale Walker, who resigned in April amidst a pension plan scandal. Two assistant county managers have been serving in interim roles since Walker’s departure.
The county manager helps run a $279 million operation with about 1,800 employees.
The job pays between $126,297 and $210,267 based on experience.