The title will be just “administrator,” not city administrator or county administrator, after Commissioner Alvin Mason said it leads to confusion, especially when dealing with residents in Hephzibah or Blythe.
“It gives the impression, or perception, that we’re only dealing with Augusta,” Mason said.
The consolidation of city and county governments in 1996 abolished the city charter but retained the county government, and the consolidated government was formally renamed “Augusta, Georgia” in 1997, General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie said.
The group of four commissioners – Mason, Mary Davis, Wayne Guilfoyle and Bill Lockett – agreed that the listed job responsibilities should include the presentation of “a proposed annual balanced budget.”
Former administrator Fred Russell’s fall presentation of an unbalanced
budget, which he then asked commissioners to balance, was a sticking point for several who voted Dec. 9 to fire him.
Guilfoyle told Human Resources Director Tanika Bryant to ensure candidates had adequate experience with a government of Augusta’s size and a thorough background check to limit applicants and avoid embarrassment later.
Candidates will be required to have experience with budgets of more than $600 million. They will need a master’s degree in business, public administration or a related field and the highest available government manager certification. They also must have a decade in government management, including seven years in local government.
Bryant said the commission will meet with a recruiting firm to discuss the position’s salary range before the firm begins the search.