Augusta

Behind the scenes of Fred Russell’s firing

Behind the scenes of Fred Russell’s firing

Each of the seven Augusta commissioners involved in the firing of Fred Russell kept saying pretty much the same thing about the city administrator’s abrupt departure: “It’s not a personal thing with Fred. We like Fred.” That’s easy for them to say when you are not the one being fired. As long-time readers of the […]

The deed is done: Fred Russell is gone

The deed is done: Fred Russell is gone

So, after more than a decade working in Augusta-Richmond County, City Administrator Fred Russell is out. And while many people are talking about what a huge surprise it was that Russell was fired, that’s not exactly true. Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has been talking about getting rid of Russell for years and he definitely pumped […]

Augusta Commission finally approves 2014 budget, but at what cost?

Augusta Commission finally approves 2014 budget, but at what cost?

After months of debating over the 2014 proposed budget and its $8.5 million shortfall, the Augusta Commission has finally adopted a balanced budget. Two commissioners, Alvin Mason and Bill Lockett, forced the board to make a decision on Tuesday instead of waiting another two weeks to take a vote. Many observers couldn’t decide whether Mason […]