Augusta deputy administrator gets to work

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For the first time since 2002, Augusta has a new deputy administrator, one of two answering to City Administrator Fred Russell.

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Bill Shanahan (center), the newly employed deputy administrator, talks with Jacqueline Humphrey, the equal employment opportunity director, at Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting. No decisions were made about the city's reorganization plan.   Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Bill Shanahan (center), the newly employed deputy administrator, talks with Jacqueline Humphrey, the equal employment opportunity director, at Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting. No decisions were made about the city's reorganization plan.

William P. "Bill" Shanahan began work Monday after the commission voted 7-3 last month to hire him at a salary of $117,500.

Shanahan, who comes to Augusta after nearly seven years as city manager of St. Marys, Ga., spent most of his first two days meeting city staffers.

"There is just a lot of work going on in the city, and everyone seems to be real positive and real motivated, and they all care about the citizens," Shanahan said. "So that's a great first two days."

The son of a New Yorker and a Liverpudlian, Shanahan grew up in Liverpool, England, feeling like the only boy there "not related to The Beatles," he said.

Shanahan retired from the Air Force and has worked in Georgia municipal governments since 1996, according to his résumé.

The soccer fan and former boxer said that his wife and the youngest of his four children, a junior in high school, soon will join him in Augusta.

Shanahan replaces retiring Deputy Administrator Robert Leverett, who served as warden at Richmond County Correctional Institution for many years after joining local government in 1971.

Shanahan will work as deputy administrator for operations, overseeing emergency services such as fire, the correctional institution, Emergency Management and animal services in addition to the solid waste, recreation, utilities and engineering departments, Russell said.

Deputy Administrator Tameka Allen will continue to supervise the city's other branch of government, which includes information technology, housing and community development, procurement, customer service and transit, Russell said. Allen, who joined the city in 1992, also directs the IT department.

Though city employees have been under a raise freeze for several years, Shanahan begins work on at a higher salary than Allen and his predecessor. This year, however, Shanahan will be subject to the 1.88 percent reduction that commissionrecently approved in the form of five furlough days.

He comes on during a challenging time for city government as the commission struggles to approve a government reorganization plan devised by Russell.

During its first phase, the plan will eliminate two department and at least 26 currently filled positions, including two department heads.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/15/11 - 10:33 pm
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"...the youngest of his four

"...the youngest of his four children, a junior in high school, soon will join him in Augusta."

Think he will buy a house in Columbia County?

slickrayder
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slickrayder 03/16/11 - 06:18 am
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RIVERMAN ,U KNOW HE WILL ....

RIVERMAN ,U KNOW HE WILL ....

WoodyKaminer
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WoodyKaminer 03/16/11 - 07:05 am
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I was just wondering the

I was just wondering the following: if Shanahan will work as deputy administrator for operations, overseeing emergency services such as fire, the correctional institution, Emergency Management and animal services, solid waste, recreation, utilities and engineering departments, and Deputy Administrator Tameka Allen will continue to supervise information technology, housing and community development, procurement, customer service and transit, and also directs the IT department, WHAT THE HECK ARE WE PAYING RUSSELL FOR? He is paying those 2 people to oversee every area of the government, while he gets paid 125k to oversee them. He is the perfect example of wasting tax dollars. ARC is paying between $350,000 and $400,000 for these 3 jobs. Thats roughly 10 deputies salaries. Whatever happened to the days of the CEO having a 30k a year assistant that helped him with everything, and was happy to have their job???

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 03/16/11 - 10:30 am
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WoodyKaminer- I would suppose

WoodyKaminer- I would suppose these two people are just high paid administrative assistants. Much like the company I work for, always coming up with a way to cut expenses at my expense, and at the same time expanding the corporate payroll. It is really getting to the point of "why does the little man even want to work any more?" All we are doing is enriching the bigwigs.

irishfarmer
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irishfarmer 03/16/11 - 07:46 am
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tuffenuf4u: I agree with your

tuffenuf4u: I agree with your comment completely!

G'ment Watcher
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G'ment Watcher 03/16/11 - 07:48 am
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Working for the City is great

Working for the City is great fun...the favorite phrase is "Shut up and be glad you have a job". I can be extra glad since I fill 5 positions and get paid for one. I'm sure our admin staff is just like any other, just there to be sure that things get done, much like the supervisors for the utilities department they complain about for watching the workers do their work. That is what they are there for, to make sure the job gets done right!!

irishfarmer
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irishfarmer 03/16/11 - 08:02 am
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One thing is for sure. This

One thing is for sure. This man will not and can not be worse than Robert Leverett was.

ADAMS
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ADAMS 03/16/11 - 09:52 am
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I guess the hiring freeze do

I guess the hiring freeze do not apply to all department.

travisp73
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travisp73 03/16/11 - 11:55 am
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wow...im embarassed to be a

wow...im embarassed to be a part of this city.....truly embarassed....and more than a little angry.

augustarookie
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augustarookie 03/16/11 - 12:55 pm
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This money could have been

This money could have been better spent on hiring a legitmate Emergency Manager.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/16/11 - 10:12 pm
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augustarookie. Do we have an

augustarookie. Do we have an Emergency Manager?

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