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Augusta reorganization plan includes job cuts

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 9:26 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 7, 2011 6:40 PM
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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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follower 01/21/11 - 11:48 am
It's got to be done. Yes,

It's got to be done. Yes, it's painful, but the alternative is raising taxes in a county that can't afford to run off any more residences and businesses.

They are just getting around to what we in business realized 3 years ago.
Cuts, pay freezes, and the ones retained stepping it up. The alternative is ugly.

Sweet son
Sweet son 01/21/11 - 04:35 pm
Fred, you need to look around

Fred, you need to look around the marble palace and in your own office as well. Looks like a couple of department heads will be rolling. You might want to look further at that level. One head at the top with salary and benefits might save two or three jobs towards the bottom. Just my thoughts.

WW1949 01/22/11 - 11:48 am
Fred, the permit department

Fred, the permit department also needs to do like Columbia County. Instead of faxing in a permit and then mailing a check and getting the permit back in several days. Columbia County keeps a charge card on file and the permit application is faxed to them, the fee put on your card and a permit back in a few minutes. Richmond County will not send the permit back in the mail until they get the check because they want to make sure they get the money. What if the check bounces and the job is already completed. Cplumbia County gets their money right away with the credit card. Better way I think.

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