Savannah city manager finalists to meet with community panels this week

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – After two years, the most important job in the city government is still vacant. But after a second nationwide search, finalists have been chosen for the position of Savannah city manager.

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced the three finalists last week, and this week, they will participate in community interviews.

“I think the council recognizes that for the health of our city, we need a permanent city manager,” said Johnson earlier this week. The city has been without someone in the role permanently for two years.

Last year, the council couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on who to hire. But with this new list of candidates, Johnson says he’s trying to be hopeful.

“I’m praying that it’s nine to zero,” the mayor said of the upcoming vote. “Even if it’s not when we start but when we finish — that the council will say that it’s important for us to be able to support a singular candidate.”

The finalists include Heath Lloyd, Savannah’s assistant city manager; Sheryl Long, assistant city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Jay Melder, assistant city administrator of Washington, D.C.

The candidates will participate in interview sessions with community panels on Friday and Saturday.

According to the city, council members have appointed citizen and business community representatives to the panels.

Below, read biographies on each candidate released by the city.

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