Originally created 02/09/00

Review set for lobbyist resumes



For the second year, Augusta commissioners are trying to hire someone to lobby the Georgia Legislature on the city's behalf.

With 25 days left in the 40-day legislative session, the city has received applications from two firms and four individuals.

The city commission subcommittee, formed to pursue hiring a lobbyist, has the applicants' resumes to study before a 1:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

Augusta commissioners put $14,197 in this year's budget to hire a lobbyist for the city. Money was allocated for that purpose last year, but the selection process stalled because a plan to have Mayor Bob Young appoint the lobbyist -- reportedly former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre -- failed.

Commissioners say Augusta is the only big city in the state without someone to represent its interest during the General Assembly session.

This year, the commission formed a subcommittee to search for a lobbyist and has received applications from:

Georgia Capitol Associates LLC of Atlanta, which includes Ron Fennel, Don Bolia, John Teasley and the law firm of Webb, Stuckey and Lindsey.

Mr. Bolia was executive director of the Georgia Republican Party in 1994 and, after that year's election, was transition director for state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko.

Mr. Fennel was senior vice president of the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association, 1995-98.

Mr. Teasley was an executive with Browning-Ferris Industries before starting his own consulting firm.

Boller, Sewell & Segars Inc. of Atlanta. Partners include Thomas Michael Boller, president; Russell N. Sewell Jr., staff counsel and assistant director of the Judicial Council of Georgia, 1973-1977; and Wanda C. Segars.

Jean Cathryn McRae, attorney and government affairs consultant. Mrs. McRae was a government affairs officer in the Fulton County manager's office, 1993-96.

David G. Pratt does government relations for S.E. Ambassador Communications and lobbies for the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology and the Medical Association of Georgia.

James V. Burgess Jr., retired executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association. Mr. Burgess was hired to lobby for the city of Savannah in 1997.

W. Dean Alverson of Alpharetta, Ga., president, Atwater HealthCorp., Louisville, Ky.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228.