Ron Cross

Why did Barry Smith suddenly resign?

Why did Barry Smith suddenly resign?

Anyone who has ever had any interactions with Barry Smith, Columbia County’s former director of Community and Leisure Services, knows one thing is for certain: he is an extremely loyal employee. He’s not the type of guy to rock the boat. He keeps his head down and works extremely hard. Smith doesn’t like confrontation. He […]

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Pays to be in public relations

When the Insider wrote this past week about Calie Cook, Columbia County’s newly hired public relations manager, it got a lot of attention. Particularly from employees within Columbia County’s government. Cook, who has been in her position about two months, is the former administrative coordinator for the Rental Facilities and Venues Department in Columbia County. […]

Stand up and be a leader

Stand up and be a leader

For decades, the local media has been relentless in its investigations into Augusta-Richmond County’s government. If there is even a slight whiff of a scandal, Augusta commissioners will have at least three news cameras and a half dozen reporters in their faces asking any and every question under the sun. There are no kid gloves. […]