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Ex-Augusta Administrator Fred Russell's name surfaces in Cincinnati search

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 12:05 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 11:34 AM
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Former City Administrator Fred Russell hasn’t been sitting still since the Augusta Commission fired him in December.

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Former City Administrator Fred Russell’s name was included on a short list of 19 applicants for city manager of Cincinnati, according to a list released to area media outlets last week. He didn’t get the job.

Russell’s name was included on a short list of 19 applicants for city manager of Cincinnati, according to a list released to area media outlets last week. He didn’t get the job.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley selected Baltimore Finance Director Harry Black for the manager’s position, and a majority of city council members support the choice. Black will be paid $240,000.

The Cincinnati list described the Augusta administrator of 10 years as chief executive officer of “The F L Russell Group LLC,” a Georgia limited liability company. The LLC filing was prepared by Russell’s colleague on several city development deals, attorney Jim Plunkett.

In a brief e-mail exchange, Russell said he was contacted by a headhunter about the Cincinnati search but hadn’t heard back from the city. He’s been “doing some races” lately and “trying to find a niche that I can survive in,” but said continuing comments made by some city commissioners about him seem to be hurting his chances of finding a new job.

Russell, who is a cycling enthusiast, has a Twitter feed that includes summertime photos of an “office” at Phinizy Swamp, oysters on the half shell in Washington, D.C., and retweets from bike races.

Russell briefly considered a run for Augusta mayor after his termination took effect Jan. 1, but later withdrew from the race.

The commission hasn’t replaced Russell, and two interim administrators, Tameka Allen and Steve Cassell, remain in charge of day-to-day government operations.

Despite a nationwide search that produced three finalists, the Augusta Commission voted to terminate the search process July 23 after Mayor Deke Copenhaver was unable to secure a majority of six commission votes to hire former Taos, N.M., Town Manager Oscar Rodriguez.

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shamrock
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shamrock 08/05/14 - 11:40 am
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Cincinnati Wins

Augusta's loss could be Cincinnati's gain!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/05/14 - 03:34 pm
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"Parking Deck" Russell needs

"Parking Deck" Russell needs to find another career choice, his days of being a city manager are pretty much done. With the Internet, colossal blunders never go away.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/05/14 - 03:35 pm
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RUSSELL
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I wish the man luck getting a new job. Haters gonna hate!

jmo
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jmo 08/05/14 - 05:25 pm
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I was hoping.....

he would get the job and take the Augusta Richmond County commissioners (all of them) with him.

maandpa
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maandpa 08/06/14 - 04:40 am
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So

So why do we care where he applies for a job! Just move on.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/06/14 - 06:13 am
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Title?

Shouldn't the title of this article read Ex-Augusta Administrator, not Ex-Augusta Commissioner?

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Marinerman1 08/06/14 - 08:16 am
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Sorry, BUT...

While Fred had his share of missteps, look @ the BOZOS he was having to work with. We will start the cast of characters with Marion ( I got Fred Russell's hard drive ) Williams.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/14 - 12:04 pm
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Marinerman, nothing compares

Marinerman, nothing compares to a parking deck being built with taxpayer money on land that RC didn't, and never will, own.

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