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Editorial: Changing the city administrator requirements is a bad move



Augusta Mayor Garnett Johnson had barely settled into his office before some on the commission were putting politics over sound policy, despite public professions of unity and willingness to work together for the betterment of Augusta.

Some of the commissioners have sign...

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  1. The commissioners supporting the work experience reduction for the administrator position believe that if totally unqualified people like them can be elected as commissioners to fly ARC into the ground, then none of their minions need any prior job experience to help their mission. They want a pawn administrator who will not speak or act on the smallest issue without their direction and approval. On the other hand, what qualified candidate would take the position knowing the they will receive no autonomy, authority, latitude, or respect from the commissioners. Hopefully Mayor Johnson can outwit and outplay the obstructionist commissioners.

    • Even more so, it is dangerous.
      The inherent risk never seems to bother a certain group of commissioners.
      Yet, the risk increases daily.
      Augusta desperately needs a strong, highly educated, experienced administrator. One who will put full accountability in on all departments and all levels.
      Mayor Johnson has broad public support. He needs to use it to bring the governing commissioners in line.
      Transparency, Transparency, Transparency.
      Start right out of the voters booth and tell it all.

  2. The editorial is excellent.
    The City-County budget is a joke that is used to overtax those who pay property taxes .
    The Public would be well served if the Augusta Press would do a series of articles detailing every aspect of the city-county budget — differentiating the budget and for what the tax collected was actually spent .

  3. REDUCING QUALIFICATIONS for this very important position is a major mistake!! It will hurt and impede the new mayor. All you have to do to see the terrible results of such an action is to look at our current presidents dumbo cabinet, Hiring a person based upon a PROVEN, DOCUMENTED record of SUCCESS, is THE PROVEN formula for obtaining quality productivity. The “buddy system” desired by some on the council fits well with their sorry performance in serving the public!!

  4. I shore hope the Mayor is reading these comments! Mayor Johnson, I would like to put forth the name of Justine Jones, last known work position: Kenly, NC. She was an excellent Town Manager. (Admittedly, I do not know if that’s the same as an Administrator but I’m sure it’s close)

  5. Where was the push to reduce job experience time back when Steve Cassell was doing the interim job. He would have been a good County Administrator if he could have persevered through with some of clowns on the commission plus King Hardie of course.

  6. Well most of the qualified ones they hire suck too..and they won’t fire them without a golden parachute..might wanna start looking at who’s doing the hiring not the qualifications..there are so many department heads that can’t or won’t do their job in Augusta government..it would be comical if it didn’t cost the taxpayers even more money…

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