Originally created 11/29/06

Gordon approved unanimously



Everyone is on board with Robert "Flash" Gordon.

A 7-0 vote on his contract Tuesday cleared the way for him to take the management helm of the James Brown Arena, and signaled that the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority had settled its differences on the local record store owner - narrowly chosen two weeks ago after a pair of board members abruptly walked out of the meeting as the vote was being taken.

The contract decision puts to rest the possibility that Mr. Gordon's hiring could be blocked by authority members who implied that he did not meet prerequisites set for the general manager position. Some board members also claimed that a pivotal vote had been miscounted at the meeting two weeks ago.

"We're going to move on," said Joe Scott, one who walked out of the room Nov. 13, and later said he did so because he had to go to another appointment.

Because the contract had to be ratified by a majority of board members, the hiring could have been thwarted Tuesday. However, a compromise kept things moving forward.

"There was almost a stall in the process," said Richard Isdell. "I was afraid there was going to be one."

After a two-hour closed-door session, board members agreed to offer Mr. Gordon a $75,000 salary for two years and waive the minimum education requirement of a college degree.

Early in the meeting, they also agreed to change meeting minutes from two weeks ago to reflect Janice Jenkins' pivotal, uncounted vote on a motion that would have pre-empted a move to hire Mr. Gordon. No official action by the board was changed as a result.

Dr. Wayne Frazier, who also left the meeting two weeks ago, seemed satisfied with the outcome.

"When you make a mistake, admit it, and move on," he said, referring to the miscounting of votes.

Mr. Gordon also will get a $5,000 bonus if he reduces the arena's operating deficit - expected to be $1.8 million this year - by 20 percent.

His salary will be about $10,000 more than that paid to former General Manager Larry Rogers, who resigned in May.

Mr. Gordon's ties to the music industry over the past three decades were key to his hiring, board members have said.

Mr. Scott said Mr. Gordon's experience compensated for the lack of educational background required for the position.

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

CONTRACT OFFER


The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday offered Robert "Flash" Gordon a contract to be general manager of the James Brown Arena. Board members also decided to waive the minimum education requirement of a college degree.


Duration: Two years


Salary: $75,000


Incentive bonus: $5,000


Evaluations: Quarterly for the first year; every six months the second year.