Originally created 05/05/04

Commission manages to mess it up

Marion Williams' quote on the front page of Friday's paper really reveals his true nature. Not only did he completely blow his simile, (it's oil and water, Mr Williams) but to say that a manager who "has a management mind-set" doesn't fit in Augusta totally explains why the Augusta government is so dysfunctional.

I attended a couple of meetings, a few years ago, when the ambulance service was being rebid. I was impressed by Mr. Kolb's thoroughness and management of those sessions. Mr. Williams was there too, yapping away and disrupting the meeting with his own petty agenda.

When I see a friend from Columbus, Savannah or Macon, I am embarassed to have to tell them, "You live in a better city. Better governed, more progressive. In Augusta the inmates run the asylum."

If Mr. Kolb leaves, it will confirm his intelligence, but Augusta will suffer. And finding a capable replacement may be next to impossible. Yes, Mr. Williams, a manager who manages, doesn't fit here. And, I suppose, neither does a public servant who serves rather than micromanages.

John F. Salazar, M.D., Augusta

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