Originally created 07/06/06

Ex-board member wants top job



Former coliseum authority member Ellis Albright said Wednesday he quit his post on the panel that oversees Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center so that he could pursue the facility's top management spot.

Asked about his resignation, Mr. Albright said, "It's nothing to talk about," but before hanging up the phone, he also added that he is "applying for the general manager job." Reached later, he said, "I'll be applying for the job. Since my turn was up, that was the problem."

Applications to replace former General Manager Larry Rogers, who resigned in May, have remained sealed in a safe at the civic center, officials said.

Authority Chairman Harry Moore III said he wasn't aware that Mr. Albright was seeking the general manager job.

The coliseum authority plans to meet today to open the applications and discuss Mr. Albright's resignation, Mr. Moore said.

Mr. Albright's term had expired, but Mr. Moore said procedure allows for a board member to stay on until he is replaced.

State Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, who nominated Mr. Albright in 2004 for the legislative appointment, said he received notice of his resignation effective June 19 in an e-mail.

Mr. Albright's departure follows incidents involving security officer Clarence Hart in May and June.

According to a complaint written by Mr. Hart, Mr. Albright bypassed Mr. Hart, 77, at the civic center without showing identification. He then, according to Mr. Hart, "stuck a badge so close to my face that I was unable to see what the badge was."

In June, Mr. Moore said he witnessed another altercation involving the two.

Mr. Murphy said Mr. Albright's resignation had nothing to do with the incidents.

The field of candidates seeking the management position - which authority members have said they are willing to offer six-figure contracts to fill - consists mostly of individuals.

Judging from return address labels, all 13 applications being held at the civic center appear to be from individuals, Finance Manager Milton Simmons said.

One other application, which Mr. Moore said he received directly, is from a company.

Authority members have said they will consider returning to a contract with an outside company, the form of management the civic center used from 1997 to 2002. Members also have said they aren't leaning one way or the other between an individual or a management company.

Reach Justin Boron at (706) 823-3215 or justin.boron@augustachronicle.com.

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The coliseum authority plans to open applications this morning during a 9 a.m. meeting at 601 Seventh St., Meeting Rooms E and F.