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Corey Johnson seeking mayor pro tem spot on Augusta Commission

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 5:54 PM
Last updated 9:09 PM
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Augusta Commission member Corey Johnson says now is his time to hold the city’s No. 2 slot as mayor pro tem.

“I feel pretty good about it. Everybody I’ve pretty much spoken to is in agreement,” said the District 2 commissioner, who is entering the third year of his second term.

The two-year appointment means Johnson would preside over commission meetings in Mayor Deke Copenhaver’s absence, although Copenhaver rarely misses meetings.

It also carries a $10,000 salary increase for Johnson, the result of his completion of all training requirements and his longevity in the seat.

His salary will increase from $15,202 to $25,356 if he’s elected mayor pro tem, city officials confirmed.

“It’s not really the money,” Johnson said of the part-time position. “It’s really (being) second-in-charge when it comes to presiding over the meetings, ribbon cuttings, ceremonies and other things. It’s just having the opportunity to serve in that capacity. Having that on your résumé, it says a lot about you as a person and as a leader.”

Johnson recently earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix, and he has completed Leadership Augusta.

Two years ago, the commission broke a 15-year tradition of electing a black mayor pro tem to serve under a white mayor when it chose outgoing Comissioner Joe Bowles.

Johnson, who is black and wanted the position then, said this time he has the six votes necessary.

Commissioner Joe Jackson said he suggested Johnson for the post earlier in the year and will nominate him at Wednesday’s commission meeting, the first of the new year.

“I think he needs to be the man for two years,” Jackson said. “I don’t have a problem with him; I work with him. We’re different in so many ways, but we think alike.”

Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle said Johnson has a calming presence on the commission and has his vote for mayor pro tem.

“You need somebody that’s going to be the face of the public, that’s cordial and has the time to do it,” Guilfoyle said.

“Even in legal he’s able to calm the floor,” he said about the closed-door meetings commissioners sometimes hold with the city attorney.

“It’s easy to find problems or point out problems, but it takes leadership to come up with solutions,” Guilfoyle said.

Support for Johnson might not be unanimous. Commissioners Bill Lockett and Grady Smith, who did not return calls seeking comment, have expressed interest in the post.

Commissioner-elect Bill Fennoy said he hadn’t made up his mind, while Commissioner-elect Marion Williams speculated Johnson’s support might come only from Johnson himself and the commission’s five white members.

“I think it might be that way,” Williams said.

The other responsibility of the mayor pro tem is setting commissioner appointments to standing committees, with the mayor’s approval. While most committee votes require full commission approval, a chairman presides over committee meetings, which allow extended discussion of agenda items.

Johnson said his tentative list of two-year committee appointments includes Guilfoyle to serve as chairman of the finance committee; Lockett to remain as administrative services chairman; Jackson to serve as chairman of engineering; Commissioner Alvin Mason to preside over public safety and Smith to lead the city’s public services committee.

The commission will vote on committee and mayor pro tem appointments at Wednesday’s 5 p.m. meeting after the 4 p.m. administration of the oath of office to four incoming commissioners.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Oath of Office ceremony for Commissioners-elect Bill Fennoy, Mary Davis, Donnie Smith and Marion Williams

WHEN: 4 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Lee Beard Commission Chamber, eighth floor, 530 Greene St.

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Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/01/13 - 07:14 pm
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Hmmm....

...of course Corey is the favorite for the post...just ask him...

Didn't he say recently that he was "a great man"?...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/01/13 - 09:31 pm
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Not the money?

Does anyone know what Johnson's source of income is? Does he hold a job? Does he own a business? What does he do? I've never seen his occupation listed in any publication.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/02/13 - 07:29 am
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Marion hasn't even made

the first meeting yet and the racial mud is already slung...welcome to Augusta....geesh.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/02/13 - 12:28 pm
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Updated to correct a mistake

As far as his voting record. I feel most his votes represented the voters needs and the other part were pure political deals to accomplish greater things further down the road. i.e. Mayor Pro Tem.

But, such is any Political Career path.
I seriously expect him to take a run at a GA House seat next, once he garners enough support from the local power brokers.
An yes, I would vote for him.

BTW: Using Wayne Guilfoyle as chairman of the finance committee
it should uncover many hidden pork/secrets that have tended to be buried deep inside too many of the soon to be former City Administrator "agreements".

To date, Wayne G. has taken his commissioner's job seriously. Going at it like a Business man, level headed, thought out,
and cool tempered.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/02/13 - 08:33 am
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If Joe Jackson is involved

If Joe Jackson is involved in getting Johnson the position, I'd be wary.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 01/02/13 - 09:34 am
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Jackson is a good commissioner and a fine man...

...as is Corey Johnson. It is his turn at the plate (seniority wise) and he has done NOTHING to warrant throwing the line of succession in the trash.

There is one current commissioner...ONE...who has shown in numerous instances that he cannot be trusted to either tell the truth, use common sense, or NOT stab his fellow commissioners in the back...and that would be Marion Williams.

The knife he put in Andy Cheek's back is the worst in the history of the Augusta consolidated government. Oh...and his public comments supporting the incompetent Teresa Smith and pushing her lawsuit for discrimination (COMPLETE BS) are almost singlehandedly to blame for the city attorney's request to settle the case and give her a year's salary for free.

Marion Williams is a walking political cancer, and a lying Benedict Arnold.

...and if anyone ever votes to put THAT GUY back in as Mayor Pro Tem, they are fools.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/02/13 - 09:44 am
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Well Austin...

I would say the same about people that voted him back into office in the first place. This just shows why Augusta will always be a backward hick town.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/02/13 - 10:28 am
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It sounds likes Mr. Johnson

It sounds likes Mr. Johnson has paid his dues, is capable of fulfilling the duties with excellence and is very deserving of the position.

NavyVeteran
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NavyVeteran 01/02/13 - 10:35 am
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Augusta/Richmond County Commission

Given the track record of the Commission and its "Whats in it for me" attitude as well as its representation of the CSRA as a laughingstock, the one thing I would NOT want on my resume is any form of connection with that Commission

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/02/13 - 11:21 am
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I disagree NavyVeteran.

I disagree NavyVeteran. Anyone who can successfully and legitimately work with that group (and groups like them) is extremely gifted and necessary.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/02/13 - 12:25 pm
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Austin

Don't hold back now.
Tell us what you really feel.

....Jokingly said....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/02/13 - 05:37 pm
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Joe Jackson and Corey Johnson, Yes Men

Joe Jackson has done everything the Marriott folks wanted him to do to give them the TEE and parking deck. He also cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars because he pushed to get the State Patrol helicopter facility moved to Daniel Field. I also remember his "contribution" to the local candidate. Heh.

Corey Johnson is exactly like him in representing the cabal powers that be. No wonder Jackson supports him. They are both worse than Matt Aitken and everyone knows it.

404Law
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404Law 01/02/13 - 10:32 pm
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Wow...Susan McCord

I am a bit surprised by your manufactured crisis. Good try writing from this angle. But, trust me, and just be patient. There will be plenty of time to write about a crisis in leadership after Corey is (sel)elected mayor pro tem.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/02/13 - 09:52 pm
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if he shows up..

he would be better than Alvin "no show" Mason..the above comments by 404 affirm why Augusta is stuck in a time warp...Race this race that white establishment this...pathetic..

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