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City administrator talks American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and racial equity in exit workshop

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The Augusta Commission held an exit workshop with outgoing City Administrator Odie Donald Sr. whose last day on the job is Feb.25.

The workshop centered on Donald’s recommendations for further use of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding as well as a preview of the ongoing dispa...

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  1. I had wanted to like him but now reading this I’m glad he is gone. Yes the taxpayers will suffer these consequences and that includes those that own property and RENT property to live in. Tenants don’t seem to understand this.

  2. The Feds have a similar expensive and inefficient system of requiring a percentage of contracts be let to small, minority-owned, disadvantaged companies. The small business cannot provide the money, equipment, and qualified personnel to perform the work, so they team with a large corporation that can. The small company wins the contract and the large corporation does the heavy lifting, while the small business pretends to manage the contract and its owners take their cut. The large corporation hopes to at least cover its costs and possibly turn a profit.

    I have witnessed some DOE contracts let to small businesses fail so badly that the DOE removed the small-business from managing the project and directed the larger teaming partner to take over and finish the project. Diversity, inclusiveness, mediocrity, and emotions always win over quality, competence, efficiency, and logic.

    • Not always. Being in the contract world for so long, let’s not blame diversity nor inclusiveness. There are solutions not bandaids, but will they take time and definitely will not gain voter confidence, popularity nor votes.

      • I have reported that was the case twice in my Sunday column. Mayor Hardie Davis does the same. To my knowledge he’s had only one white person on his staff in his seven years, including interns, and he hires people he meets on out-of-town trips. I don’t think most people support it. Some don’t know what’s going on and those who do don’t want to be branded as a racist.

    • I’m not so sure. Didn’t MLK say he hoped for the day when we judge a person by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character? Praise the Lord, it’s happening now! (I just hope they have an equal number of whites, blacks, browns, yellows in the department. Oh, and reds. If not, somebody needs to sue) (oh wait, we can’t forget about trans.)

  3. Is anyone else as sick of the term Race as I am. This term has taken over every aspect of our lives. And because of this there is very little if anything getting done. When Odie said he was only going to hire black people in his department, that’s Racist. This means he will only hire because of skin color, not qualifications. These people that get tax payers money should have to prove they can make it in the business world. It’s like throwing money in a bucket with no bottom. This is why Augusta continually goes backwards, instead of forward. Unfortunately Odie thinks all black people should get a trophy weather they earned it or not.

  4. “One of his first acts as administrator was to hire a Black-only support staff.” That’s not really racial equity if you’re a white applicant is it? Do anyone know what the racial makeup is now of current city/county employees?

  5. WOW! This whole article is the start to a series of headlines to come! There is so much to unpack in this very simplistic overview of getting a windfall of taxpayer money and spending without a clear plan, underlined with racial disparity as the problem.

    Many don’t want to hear the facts and more don’t want to address the problems because it truth is hard to swallow and the solutions require work.

  6. I don’t know what to say…this is beyond belief…what if next admin is a person of white skin and he/she says I am only gonna hire a white staff. Call in DOJ. Also there should be a law against winning a city contract and getting a large company to do the business.

  7. We’ve had a grossly overpaid admitted racist who used/ recommended short term federal funds to boost hourly wages beyond our budget abilities ( funds that would run out in 2 years) , but that didn’t matter to our administrator because he’d be gone and thus not his problem AND with that recommendation our commissioners voted yes. God help us with the financial disaster that’s looming up ahead.

  8. Odie admits what I have been saying from the notice he was leaving ( I didn’t say resignation because he didn’t resign). He has built a house of cards on Federal dollars that are temporary. The taxpayer is going to be stuck, which he admits and basically says, “Nanny, nanny boo boo.” Or more direct, where we taxpayers can kiss him.

  9. Just imagine if a white city employee said they were only hiring white people..if you can interchange the word white and black and it makes it discriminatory then it makes it that way with both statements…

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