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Johnson voted Augusta mayor pro tem

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 8:08 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 1:48 AM
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The Augusta Commission elected District 2 Commissioner Corey Johnson as mayor pro tem and approved standing committee assignments during the body’s first meeting of 2013.

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Bill Fennoy is sworn in during a Wednesday ceremony recognizing the newest members of the Augusta Commission.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Bill Fennoy is sworn in during a Wednesday ceremony recognizing the newest members of the Augusta Commission.

The mayor pro tem serves in the mayor’s absence and receives additional compensation for the part-time duties. It is a two-year appointment.

Commissioner Joe Jackson nominated Johnson for the post, as he had announced earlier, then motioned to close the nominations.

Commissioner Marion Williams questioned whether nominations could be closed and nominated Jackson instead for the post.

“If we’re just going to nominate one, there’s no reason to vote,” Williams said.

General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie, who serves as parliamentarian, said the commission rules require each nominee to be voted on individually.

“If the seat is not filled, then another motion can be made,” MacKenzie said.

The group has four new members, including Williams, who previously served two terms as District 2 commissioner. It also saw the return Wednesday of Bill Lockett, who won a second term unopposed.

In a roll call vote, all voted “yes” to Johnson’s appointment except Williams, who answered “present.” Approval required six commission votes.

“Thanks to my colleagues for the vote of confidence,” Johnson said about the nine commissioners who voted for him. “When your heart is in the right place, all good things will happen to you.”

The commission also ratified committee appointments selected by Johnson and Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Under the two-year appointments, Jackson will chair the city’s engineering services committee; Grady Smith will head public services; Lockett will lead administrative services; Wayne Guilfoyle will chair the finance committee and Alvin Mason will head Augusta’s public safety committee.

MAYOR’S RETREAT

The mayor and commission have a retreat scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the main meeting room of Augusta-Richmond County Library, 825 Telfair St.

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willie7
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willie7 01/02/13 - 10:08 pm
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Well, at least Corey has a

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Well, at least Corey has a job now. He has never worked too much before coming a commissioner. He once told me he was a contractor, but had very few contracts. I imagine he will get a few contracts now.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/02/13 - 11:01 pm
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oh his work now will be..how do we keep Marion

from turning these meetings into fiascos of disgrace and ignorance!

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 01/02/13 - 11:28 pm
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Umm. . . I thought Corey and

Umm. . . I thought Corey and Marion were related. Isn't he Marion's nephew? That's what makes this suspect to me.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 01/03/13 - 12:31 am
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congratulations

Congratulations, Mr. Mayor Pro Tem. Now, do what is best for ALL of Augusta, and not one segment or another. We are STARVING for LEADERSHIP!!!

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blues550 01/03/13 - 10:16 am
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The Circus Comes To Town

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Marion votes no!

Unemployment goes down by one.

catawba7
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catawba7 01/03/13 - 12:14 pm
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I want to know the TRUTH!

Umm. . . I thought Corey and Marion were related. Isn't he Marion's nephew? That's what makes this suspect to me.

I want to know if this is true. Residents of the districts they represent need to know the truth. Can you trust them if they are famiy and working hand in hand?

The Mayor's office needs to clear up this question.

I was counting on Marion Williams being a refreshing voice, not a Johnson troll.

If true, DISGRACEFUL!

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