Savannah City Council could decide on Thursday whether to keep the city's top administrator. Rochelle Small-Toney became the city's first African American city manager in a racially charged debate last year.
Savannah's new city council is making hiring an auditor one of their first priorities. Of course, the city has financial overseers. But they report to the council-appointed city manager. Missteps under the previous city manager is prompting the council to consider hiring an auditor of their own.
Savannah officials marked the completion of a project to synchronize traffic lights with emergency vehicles. Eighty Savannah intersections can now tell when ambulances, police cruisers and fire trucks are approaching -- so they get the green light. Officials say, the technology improves emergency vehicle response times and driver safety.
The state Attorney General's office says, members of Savannah City Council broke the law three times when they met to discuss hiring a new city manager. The office says, the violations occurred when the council met behind closed doors. In one meeting, council members broke up into teams to interview potential candidates for the city manager position.
Savannah is expected to get its first African-American city manager after a bitter, months-long fight. The search for a new city manager intensified racial divisions as white and black council members exchanged bitter accusations that spun out into the community. One black council member said that a racially-divided vote would be "the nuclear option."
In a pair of 5-4 votes, Savannah City Council members showed that they remain bitterly divided over who should become the city's next chief executive. The split has exposed racial tensions in the city. The votes also present no clear path forward for resolving a long-simmering issue.