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Council to meet on manager
Covington City Council calls for meeting
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COVINGTON, Ga. – With a change in the mayor's office coming, the Covington City Council is planning to meet in two weeks to discuss the city manager position.

Leigh Anne Knight is retiring at the end of the year. Mayor Ronnie Johnston and members of the council interviewed six semifinalists for the position — three of them internal candidates — last week.

But in the meantime, voters elected former City Manager Steve Horton as the next mayor. He'll take office in January.

The city posted a public notice Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 6, of a called council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Council Chambers at 2116 Stallings St. NW.

The notice says the council may hold an executive session, followed by an open session to discuss the selection of a city manager.

A Texas-based firm has been assisting the city in the search for a new CEO of the city government, with oversight of 335 employees and a budget of about $130 million.

An advertisement for the position says it will have an average yearly salary range of $115,128 to $160,041.60, plus benefits.

The council will see two new faces in January, with Fleeta Baggett succeeding five-term Councilman Michael Whatley in the Post 2, East Ward, seat. Retired fire Chief Don T. Floyd defeated incumbent Councilman Josh McKelvey on Tuesday in the Post 3, East Ward, seat.