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Nutter named new director

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The former head of emergency services at Fort Gordon has been chosen as Augusta's new 911 director, pending approval by the Augusta Commission.

Retired Army Maj. Dominick Nutter was chosen after an extensive search that attracted about 142 applicants, according to a statement from Onajuanita Foster, the interim city employment manager.

Nutter, who has master's degrees in criminal justice and public administration from Troy University, was director of emergency services, provost marshal and 911 director at Fort Gordon from July 2007 to March of this year, his application stated. At Fort Gordon, he led 350 people and had direct supervision of military police, civil service and contractor employees, it stated. From January 2006 to March 2007, he was Army task force provost marshal in Bagram, Afghanistan, according to the application.

"He brings a wide range of abilities to the job. We hope he'll help bring our 911 center and emergency communications up to the next level," City Administrator Fred Russell said.

The job was vacant since the November departure of Director Phillip Wasson, who retired while on unpaid leave. After an employee accused Wasson of sexual harassment, the city's equal employment opportunity office determined he had created a hostile environment.

Assistant 911 Director Catherine White has served as interim director of the 50-member department since Wasson retired.

Nutter's salary is still being negotiated, Russell said. Russell, who has the exclusive authority to recommend department heads for commission approval under the city's new personnel manual, said the recommendation will go before the commission within a few weeks.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/06/11 - 01:40 pm
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An eye-catcher of a headline.

An eye-catcher of a headline.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/06/11 - 02:51 pm
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Hope he doesn't do anything

Hope he doesn't do anything to offend anyone, he will get kicks out also....God forbid anyone gets offended at work...

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Asitisinaug 05/06/11 - 03:21 pm
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stillamazed, many people were

stillamazed, many people were much more than offended at work by Wasson. He should have been terminated for this one offense but there were plenty of others prior to that were he was merely warned. And, as far as the current organization, operation and efficiency of Augusta's 911 service for the public or the public safety officers, MANY improvements are needed.

Major Nutter will be a breath of fresh air for many. With proper leadership and accountability for employees, 911 will greatly improve.

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AutumnLeaves 05/06/11 - 07:05 pm
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Major Nutter will be a huge

Major Nutter will be a huge asset to the Emergency 911 System. You could not have picked anyone better qualified in all aspects technically and the quality of his leadership skills. This is absolutely the best news I have heard in years and bodes well for the future of Augusta/Richmond County! This is wonderful!

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tumbleweeds 05/07/11 - 11:27 pm
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unclemorriss, does it look

unclemorriss, does it look like an "affirmative action hire"? Get outta here. This man is aptly qualified to say the least. I think he is very well suited for the position. Watch your mouth.

KSL
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KSL 05/07/11 - 11:57 pm
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unlcemorris, your comment was

unlcemorris, your comment was uncalled for! It served no good purpose.

KSL
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KSL 05/08/11 - 12:01 am
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This was an article about a

This was an article about a person being hired for a job, unclemorris. Unless you have knowledge that he is not qualified your comment was totally inappropriate. If you have information to support your position, present it. Otherwise, shut up.

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shamrock 05/08/11 - 03:03 am
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About time they get someone

About time they get someone who just might know a thing or two about one of the most important positions in the public safety arena.

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lexcabguy2004 05/09/11 - 10:20 am
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Wow! This will be interesting

Wow! This will be interesting to say the least. Expired registrations, wanted people for failure to pay fines and suspicious boxes of paper are a lot different than crazy women stabbing their kids multiple times in a restroom, police high speed pursuits, people shooting at cops, cops shooting people, armed robberies with shootings, gang shootings and rollovers with multiple fatalities....7 cops on duty and 2 firehouses as oppossed to 50 cops on duty and 20 firehouses? Someone who has never sat in the chair does not an expert make....

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AutumnLeaves 06/08/11 - 09:16 pm
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lexcabguy2004. I think you

lexcabguy2004. I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised on many levels. Don't make any assumptions about what chairs he has not sat in; you might well be mistaken. It is a new day for Augusta/Richmond County and I'm pretty sure it is a good one.

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