Originally created 03/24/01

Augusta prepares contract for new city administrator



After more than five months without a full-time city administrator, Augusta will welcome George Kolb of Richmond, Va., the week of the annual Masters Tournament for a formal contract signing.

Mayor Bob Young, Mayor Pro Tem Willie Mays, the city attorney and an executive search firm working to fill the administrator post agreed to contract terms with Mr. Kolb late Friday. The final terms of that contract will not be released until Mr. Kolb formally signs it - which should occur early next week, Mr. Young said.

"There's nothing you would describe as a deal-killer out there," Mr. Young said. "We're going to have a contract. I'm convinced of that."

Mr. Kolb will arrive in Augusta on April 2 and take part in a formal contract signing at the Augusta Commission meeting April 3.

A golf enthusiast and self-described hacker, Mr. Kolb said he is looking forward to visiting Augusta during the Masters Tournament. The mayor said he has arranged to provide Mr. Kolb with practice round tickets.

The advertised salary for the position is $125,000, and it is expected to include a comprehensive benefits package in addition to a car allowance and some professional membership fees.

Mr. Kolb said his first duties on the job will be taking time to familiarize himself with a new community.

"My goal is to understand where the mayor and commission want to go," he said. "I'm going to be working with them very closely to figure out where that is."

He said the biggest challenge before him in Augusta will be economic development.

"It's really tough trying to analyze and close the gap between private investment and public sector investment," he said. "I think that will be a real challenge in Augusta, in terms of attracting private investment from outside to really make the community go."

Reach Heidi Coryell at (706) 823-3215.



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