City Manager Search

The controversy at the police department is affecting the city's search for a new city manager. Dothan city officials now say they are looking both inside and outside the circle city for its next city manager.

The announcement comes after the city commission postponed a vote last month for Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver to take over the job after his involvement in the investigation surrounding former Dothan Police Captain Jim Smith.

At Tuesday’s city commission meeting, Dothan Mayor Chester Sowell announced the city would begin expanding its search for a permanent city manager.

The mayor says while the city will be accepting resumes and applications from local candidates, he says the commission felt it necessary to look outside the Wiregrass area.

While city leaders say the search needs a new direction, there is some disagreement on whether a local candidate can be found for the position.

Currently public works director Jerry Corbin is serving as the interim manager.

The search for the next city manager will continue until February 6th and city leaders say they expect to have someone in place by the end of next month.