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Column: Augusta’s hiring process should return to its original rules



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  1. Why are these ridiculous decisions allowed to continue? I applaud the “whistleblower” for enlightening all of us, but “spilling the beans” doesn’t bring about change in and of itself. Can someone tell me and other disgusted residents the next step to put an end to this kind of reckless lack of oversight? Mr. Clarke, we’re you a commissioner while some or all of these shenanigans were taking place?

  2. In Augusta the words rules and government never collide in the same sentence. You have a bunch of bullies and their lackeys running plays behind the scenes. I’d like TAP to do a racial breakdown of department heads in Augusta government and the racial breakdown of these department heads staff. We all know what the makeup of Hardies entire staff was. Seems racial bias isn’t just followed by one select skin color…when did we get away from qualifications and go to complexion as the standard for hiring?

  3. how did this gent get hired in Augusta ??? What was the vote to hire him ??? How is his job performance going ??? “Bulloch County Commissioners upheld the county manager’s decision to terminate a county employee after a day-long appeal Thursday. Maurice McDowell, who was the county’s special projects director, was fired earlier this month for reported misuse of county cell phones and for inappropriate conduct involving another county employee – the county clerk – which witnesses said took place during work hours and in the work place.
    The county clerk, Marcia Collins, resigned from her position earlier this month.
    Chatham County attorney Gwendolyn Waring represented McDowell while county attorney Charles Brown represented Couch. Millen and Screven County attorney Hubert Reeves acted as moderator.
    Brown opened arguments citing McDowell’s violation of county policies regarding cell phone usage, but Waring countered with the statement that county officials were unfair in firing McDowell without a preliminary disciplinary warning.”

  4. We VOTE for the people who stand for this craziness and corruption. They take OUR taxpayer money and pay their friends and relatives exorbitant salaries to do a lousy job on our dime! VOTE THEM OUT, people! Demand change before this whole town goes down the drain!

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