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Institutional knowledge leaving both counties

Institutional knowledge leaving both counties

Earlier this month, Richard Harmon, the long-time director of Columbia County’s Development Services Division, suddenly resigned to the shock of many throughout the county. Since joining Columbia County’s government in 1999, Harmon has been a leader in maintaining the construction standards and code enforcement in a county that has exploded with growth over the past […]

Aiken’s failed skatepark hurts Augusta’s efforts

Aiken’s failed skatepark hurts Augusta’s efforts

When the city of Aiken recently announced that the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center had permanently closed its skatepark due to low participation, it was unwelcome news for those who have long pushed for a new skatepark in the Garden City. It has been almost five years since the city tore down Augusta’s former skatepark […]

No history of poor performance could save Russell

No history of poor performance could save Russell

For more than a decade, City Administrator Fred Russell has somehow managed to avoid ever having a formal performance evaluation by his 10 bosses: namely, the Augusta Commission. Now that the Augusta Commission is finally developing an evaluation process for Russell (along with the other two city employees who work directly for the board), it […]