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Parks and Recreation deputy director resigns, cites ‘toxic’ work environment



Former Augusta Parks and Recreation Department Deputy Director Tim Fulton tendered his resignation on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and the next morning he was escorted out of the building by Marshal's Office personnel.

Fulton says that after surviving and witnessing 18 months of purges by Maurice McDowe...

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  1. It’s time for 6 commonsense Commissioners of our 10 to get together ,have a legal meeting, vote to terminate this incompetent director, send the Marshall’s Department, and clean out his office of his personal items and change the locks on the doors . And then let’s focus on the real problem. Let’s place the spotlight on the politicians who put him there. Several of our elected officials have the same agenda as the article above.

  2. It appears that the entire Augusta-Richmond Government is nothing more than a cesspool filled with incompetent and over paid ‘friends of officials,’ This has not just started, it started when Consolidation was approved. I hate to say it but, look at other cities and towns in Georgia, and other States, that is being ‘governed’ by Democrats. When voters vote for ‘color’ rather than qualifications this is what you get.

  3. hummm … Interim City Administrator Jarvis Sims worked with city Human Resources staff on the nationwide search, then culled the list to three finalists. A quick internet search revealed published articles about two who had sudden resignations during their rec careers. The third, interim Recreation Director Maurice McDowell, was fired 12 years ago for misconduct.
    Three years before coming to Augusta, McDowell was fired from his job as Bulloch County special projects director, according to a report in the Statesboro Herald. The reason cited by the county manager was McDowell was having an affair with the county clerk at work and using his work cell phone to make excessive personal calls. Aug chron 2020

  4. So a deal will probably be made just like the one where Janice Allen Jackson and Andrew McKenzie the former Administrator and County Lawyer were ‘terminated’ and given a years salary and benefits. Who will be the other person to go with McDowell?

  5. Having had direct dealings with both “Director McDowell” as he likes to be called, and Tim Fulton, I’m not surprised that he resigned. Fulton seemed to be working trying to solve problems and appeared to be getting stonewalled. He was always polite and professional and he did not deserve to be treated in this manner. McDowell is about himself, has cost the city millions of dollars, and should have not been hired in the first place. The dept. is a one giant, expensive mess. Once again, Augusta is losing great people and the incompetence continues. Oh, and its not just white people who have left. Seems that the more qualified and competent you are, the less likely you are to hang around due to McDowell’s arrogance. Hmm, sounds like somebody else we know . . .

  6. McDowell doesn’t do his job. He is also apparently a bully, protecting his position by driving away any staff members who could call him on it. ‘Doesn’t fit that department’s culture’ must mean they won’t play his game.
    Please get rid of this person.
    City of Augusta has enough problems without simple solutions. This one is easy. No one voted for him.

    • And the person was hired has another full-time job with a potential conflict of interest. How is she doing two jobs at once? Totally unethical and possible illegal. Fits the culture…truer words were never spoken.

      Here’s an excerpt: Evelyn Magley CEO of The Basketball League announced Augusta GA is the 50th market for the 6 year old league. The new team is called the Georgia Soul and is owned and operated by Ernesia Wright.

      “I’ve been watching this league for the past several years, and the timing has finally worked out. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Magley’s for choosing The Georgia Soul to be the 50th franchise in the league. Stay tuned CSRA, great things are coming our way.” Ernesia Wright TMO Georgia Soul

  7. No surprise. Hardie’s pal, McDowell….the fact that the Aquatics Center managed to stay open is a miracle. If Takia takes up with McDowell’s side, that will really lower my desire for her to continue in her current position. I hope this guy finally exposes all of this. But again, will things really ever change?

  8. Until a foot or 10 is put down this menagerie of a government is going to continue. I’m so sick of this crap it isn’t funny. Race plays a role in anything these days over common sense and qualified people in these positions.

    • Trust me, Garnett DOES want the best for Augusta. His integrity, desire, and being both an Augusta native and Augusta local business owner, were the reasons I had his sign on my truck. Add in the fact that I have known him for over twenty-five years. Unfortunately, by design of the Augusta Delegation, the Mayor of Augusta does not have the same “power” as some other Mayors do, in other cities. Still, the “SMART” Commissioners will align themselves with his wants, needs, and desires, to move the City of Augusta forward. Based upon this article, there are at least three individuals that should be shown their “walking papers” ASAP. If Mayor-Elect Johnson will make use of the “Bully Pulpit”, things will change. This is totally in his court. Hopefully, Mr. Fulton will get a “Big Fat Check” from his lawsuit.

  9. How many people when ordered by their boss(es) to a meeting can not only send employees to tell them “he is out of town it a conference” most likely being paid for by the taxpayers? I would fire such a person on the spot, and immediately cancel any CCs.

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