Proposal to get rid of personnel manual on commission agenda

One Augusta commissioner’s agenda item to “scrap” the city personnel manual and all proposed revisions Tuesday met with mixed reviews by his peers.


Commissioner Sammie Sias confirmed by text message the agenda item would have the effect of getting rid of all written human resources policies and procedures, as well as a set of proposed revisions to the document, and let the commission decide all discipline cases.

Asked if he wanted to do what the item said, Sias did not respond. He was hospitalized for emergency surgery last week, missing Tuesday’s committee meetings.

“I don’t think Mr. Sias would put something on the agenda that he didn’t feel very strongly about,” Commissioner Dennis Williams said.

Williams said he disagreed with having the commission weigh discipline cases.

“Commissioners shouldn’t have any deciding input on any personnel matters,” he said.

Others on the 10-member commission suggested Sias was going out on a limb.

“Some of the moves Sammie has made in the past year have not been popular,” Commissioner Grady Smith said. “I’m going to have to see a lot more than ‘Sammie doesn’t like it.’”

Asked if he thought the commission would do away with the manual, Commissioner Marion Williams said no.

Williams took over a committee charged with revising the manual when former chairman, Commissioner Bill Lockett, left office in December.

“I’m for getting the PPPM right, rather than throwing it out,” Williams said.


Other matters going before the commission Tuesday include:

- A presentation from Peed Bros. Inc. Vice President Angela Lance on her firm’s protest of a bid award for a landfill construction project

- A vote on having the city law department draft an ordinance limiting the wearing of sagging pants. Marion Williams and Smith said Monday they still support the ban. Dennis Williams said the city can’t “legislate how people wear their clothes” but could regulate how they’re worn in city facilities

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Jerry Whitcomb 7 months ago
Sammie SIas is as crazy as a loon........and so is everyone who voted for him. 
David Jefferson 7 months ago
Wow...that is getting close to the top of the boneheaded ideas list. Obviously there is no way favoritism would be a problem with commissioners controlling HR. Sammy has had some fairly good ideas, but he has gone full blown bat guano crazy on this one.
Johnny Rio 7 months ago
Family members and friends of Commissioners working for the county shouldn't be held to the rules put out in a manual. The book should only be for those who don't have a Commission friend to explain things to. Someone about to be fired who makes a sizable contribution to the church a Commissioner attends has paid for his misdeeds. Donate to Commission campaigns in advance and there will never be a question of job performance. It would ensure a lifetime position.
Lilly FromtheMills 7 months ago
Maybe this will get rid of the layers of supervisors previously required -
Donald Sterling 7 months ago
Procedures are in place for a reason...mostly legal.  Think Sias may have been on pain meds when making his proposal.  
Roland SASSER 7 months ago
Who votes these clowns into office?
Morris Jones 7 months ago

Never give complete control to the commission.

Wearing sagging pants just shows that your intelligence level is low also.

Val White 7 months ago
Whoever heard of a business or any organization NOT having an unbiased entity in charge of HR and the rules and regulations employees must adhere to and be evaluated instead, giving the foxes the decision of who comes into the hen house.


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