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Column: Odie Donald II is headed to Atlanta



Editor's note: A word was left out of Sylvia Cooper's column as it originally ran. In the fourth paragraph, the sentence should read, "A city administrator who could present a budget that increased $79 million in one year and say without cracking a smile that there was no budget increase except “b...

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  1. If the commission gives him any money the taxpayers should hire a lawyer and sure the commission for breach of contract and ask for their full taxes back for his tenure as damages for failing to obey their oath of office. The o Lu thing that will get these money grabbers attention is start hitting them in their pockets. This has gone from laughable to pathetic. The GBI also should be contacted for Hardie embezzling money from a charity for personal use..that is also illegal..they just keep doing whatever they want, Goni to closed session to do side deals and refuse to honor georgias sunshine laws and FOI act…

  2. What a mess our city has become…..transparency? diversity? crime? over spending tax dollars? It’s time to follow the lead of Buckhead near Atlanta…..de-annex…..de-consolidate: THE CITY OF SUMMERVILL FORREST HILL GEORGIA
    ‘The Buckhead Exploratory Committee, the organization pushing de-annexation says, “The City of Atlanta has displayed a pattern of neglect and disrespect towards our community which has caused crime to increase at an alarming rate, our infrastructure to crumble, and many residents to flee the area.” ‘

  3. I was amazed the Mayor allowed Commissioner Alvin Mason to continue with his diatribe against another Commissioner when in the past the Mayor has cut Commissioners off soon after beginning their verbal assault.

  4. Ms. Cooper, THANK YOU- as usual your insights are spot on. I have long asked the question of the raises handed out and how they will be paid for in the future. Additionally, I wonder if these traveling Commissioners file a “trip ticket report” of what they learned and brought back to the Garden City from thier search for knowledge? Perhaps the Commissioners’ Public Affairs folks could compile a list of the lessons-learned that they picked up as they quenched that thirst for knowledge and tell us what they actually put into practice here.

  5. If it were not for Sylvia Cooper, the tax paying citizens of Augusta would never become aware of the disgraceful financial shenanigans that go on behind the closed doors of our commisioners. It is clear to me, that the strong “NO” vote to ensure that an audit of the city & council is NOT conducted, tells it all. Our government officials should welcome an audit! That is what is expected by the citizens of this city. What is there to hide?? Perhaps the same illegal practices of our fair mayor??

  6. Worse than the present problems is it sets the example of what future government entities can and will get away with. There are no failsafes put in place to ensure this doesn’t continue with the next administration of “public servants”

  7. Remember when history taught us that Sherman marched through Atlanta and burnt it down? Well, Sherman has reappeared not only in Atlanta, but also in Augusta ever since the black community keeps electing incompetent people in charge. I don’t think I will see the time when black people will elect officials for the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. The results speak for themselves.

  8. For the record, as a sitting Commissioner, I will not be supporting any severance pay for Administrator Donald’s departure. There was no 45 days notice nor was he here long enough. He accepted the job in Atlanta and already had a starting date in place which is February 28th. If my colleagues decide to vote to give him any kind of pay then they will not have my vote.

  9. It’s unbelievable the same reports come out of these meetings. While Sylvia does a great job reporting it, it’s not the ONLY way to know what’s happening. If you really are concerned and want to know what’s happening, go to a meeting. They are open to the public.
    As far as future predictions, accountability starts at the top. When your mayor is under all types of investigations but nothing seems to be happening, why wouldn’t those under him think they can do the same? The way to change things is to vote for someone who is truly qualified. Do some research to see which candidates are really tuned in to the community. Have they been on committees, boards or do they volunteer with non profits to improve their city. Look at their business. Is it successful? Does it have good customer service. Is the candidate well respected in the industry? Those are usually qualities of a good leader. While being a mayor or commissioner may be a different skill set, someone with a solid background will do their own legwork to improve and expand their knowledge to be successful.
    The citizens of Augusta must do better to get better!

  10. Just watch. I suspect that the commissioners who will support some amount of (unearned and undeserved) severance pay are the same commissioners who tell us that we cannot afford an audit. Severance pay – or hush money?

  11. Thanks again Sylvia. This entire City of Augusta is run mostly by a bunch of bafoons, really. Hope this doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, which I’m sure it won’t. My Grandfather used to always say, “It’s easy to spend someone else’s money.”

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