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Savannah City Council extends interim city manager contract 90 days

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The City of Savannah is still without a permanent city manager, but city council doesn't seem to be in any rush to hire one.

On Thursday, they extended the acting city manager's deal another 90 days with no plans to search for a permanent replacement on the horizon.

Back in October, WTOC asked Stephanie Cutter when she was named the interim boss if she was interested in the permanent job.

"No. No. I'm not. This is just temporary position," Cutter said then.

Now, it's a different tone she is using after getting her feet wet in the city's top job.
"I would be honored if that opportunity exists," Cutter told WTOC Thursday afternoon.

Cutter, born and raised in Savannah and a city employee for 23 years, most recently as assistant city manager of administrative and community services, says she feels good about the job she is doing, the morale at city hall and the support from her staff, employees, council and the community.

Council members reupping for 90 more days is a good sign. Her biggest supporter may be Mayor Pro-Tem Van Johnson. He credits Cutter with "steering the ship" following the stormy departure of former city manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

"I think she has done a phenomenal job and there is a level of calm we haven't seen for a long, long time," Johnson said. "She works hard, everything is running smooth and there is transparency. That is due to Mrs. Cutter and her team."

Johnson says there will be a new city manager search, just not right away. 

Meanwhile, city spokesman Bret Bell told WTOC Cutter wanted to clarify her comment. She is open to the idea of being the permanent city manager, but she is not saying she is a candidate.

At least, not yet.

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