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Odie Donald resigns as Augusta City Administrator

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Augusta-Richmond County will need a new administrator.

Augusta-Richmond County Administrator Odie Donald II has notified commissioners he will be resigning his position. Sources say he called each of the commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 1 to let them know he will be taking a job elsewhere.

District 8 Commissioner Brandon Garrett confirms he received a phone call from Donald about 10 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Garrett says Donald told him was accepting another position but did not divulge what or where the job is due to a non-disclosure agreement. Donald told Garrett his last day with Augusta-Richmond County will be Feb. 25.

Donald began as city administrator in November 2020. Prior to that, he was city manager for the City of South Fulton County, which was Georgia’s fifth-largest city.

16 COMMENTS

  1. He has squeezed all the juice he can from this burg, now on to greener pastures. I would be curios to see how many of his out-of-town consultant buddies he steered the Fed money to these past few months. Good bye, and good riddance, no more out of town Yankees please, promote from within.

    • You forgot, or never knew, Dr. John Strelec, a Yankee originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He was appointed Richmond County Superintendent of Schools in 1983 and served until June 1995, and was recognized as Georgia Principal of the Year and Georgia Superintendent of the Year. Strelec did more for Richmond County schools than most of his local successors and I don’t remember him being sued by a school employee. The PTAs and PTOs disintegrated after Dr. Strelec retired.

  2. I can never understand how a person can be hired if they have such short tenures in their previous jobs. Why would you want to risk the time, energy, and money on someone who’s past pretty much tells you that they’ll only be with you for 2-3 years. How can that be worth it??
    Now they have to start all over…looking for a replacement, doing background checks, financial negotiations, blah-blah-blah.
    Another reason people jump from job to job, especially when relocation comes into play, is that they simply do it to increase their salary. Then the next job will pay even more, and so on. Augusta commissioners are stupid enough to fall into this trap again.
    Watch and see.

  3. Augusta should also change their hiring practices that if any employee leaves they get no severance package. Augusta Georgia known for taxing everything, golden parachute for substandard employees and millions for consultants that they never use the results from…

  4. MAYBE: He does not get a severance deal since he resigned. MAYBE: He was attempting to manage A/RC as a professional administrator and got snubbed at every turn by our cast of micro-managing commissioners. MAYBE: Donald is a lot sharper and astute than given credit for. MAYBE: I could be wrong!

  5. Lemme see here with my 6th grade ‘rithmetic ………. $240,000 @ 365 day year : 52 weekends = 104 off days combined with maybe 21 federal, state, local holidays and sick leave days equals 240 work days. $240,000 divided by 240 work days = $1000 a day’s pay. Hmmmm. Can’t think of any 3 down there worth that kind of money a day. Anyone interested which fool or set of fools signed on for this ??

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