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Former mayor breaks silence on city manager resignation

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Former Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson made his return to Savannah city hall Thursday afternoon, where his official portrait was unveiled and hung in the Hall of Mayors.

Johnson also addressed exclusively with WTOC the recent resignation of city manager Rochelle Smal-Toney, a woman he publicly defended and strongly supported in her quest to be the first female and first black city manager, a selection process which divided the community.

"It is my obligation to provide an opportunity, not to guarantee success," Johnson said. "What we did was put a person we felt was the best for the job at that time in office and then they prove their mettle. History will show it just didn't work out."

Johnson was recognized for his many years of service in Savannah as an alderman, community leader, and eight years as mayor. Mayor Edna Jackson read off a list of the accomplishments and achievements of her friend and predecessor.

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