Nutter named new director

Retired Army Maj. Dominick Nutter was chosen as Augusta's new 911 director.

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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