Augusta reorganization plan includes job cuts

Among the proposed changes in a plan to restructure Augusta government are the elimination of positions, including: 

  • From engineering, one stormwater and environmental manager
  • From licensing and inspections, Director Rob Sherman
  • From public services, 16 positions: Director Mike Greene, two assistant directors, an administrative assistant, four operations managers, a records clerk, a secretary, a superintendent, a construction clerk, a heavy equipment operator, two laborers and a light equipment operator
  • From Richmond County Correctional Institute, a deputy warden
  • From Parks and Recreation, seven positions: an athletic supervisor, aquatic manager, recreation facilities marketing manager, three recreation specialists and a recreation foreman

Employees will receive 60 days' notice of a reduction in force and be offered retirement without penalty, 30 days of additional pay and 90 days of additional medical and dental coverage.

Departments that will see structural changes include:

  • A new emergency services department oversees animal services, E911, fire protection and Richmond County Correctional Institute.
  • A new recreation, parks and facilities department takes in public services' facilities management division. Functions include rec programs, park management, cemetery management, facilities maintenance, records retention and landscaping.
  • Public services maintenance will be folded into engineering, to ensure that infrastructure maintenance occurs in one chain of command.
  • Augusta Utilities will be restructured to include fewer divisions.
  • Information technology, procurement and housing and community development will remain substantially the same, although procurement will inherit a small business function currently managed by Augusta's disadvantaged business enterprise department.
  • An expanded customer service "311" line will serve as a single point of contact for all citizen non-emergency calls, with an annual expected call volume of 250,000, including 31,000 from Augusta Cares, 144,000 from utilities and 21,000 from solid waste.
  • A new special projects department will oversee special purpose, local option sales tax projects, transit and economic development. Departments eyed for privatization include Augusta Municipal Golf Course, Augusta Public Transit and others.
  • Planning and zoning will incorporate licensing and inspections and provide "one-stop shopping" for citizens and businesses.

Source: Augusta-Richmond County draft restructuring plan

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