Ex-city employee given her job back

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A former city employee who was swept up in the computer hard drive dispute has gotten her job back.

Lisa Williams returned to work Monday after a decision last week by the Augusta Richmond County Personnel Board to reinstate her.

Ms. Williams was fired in the spring for using her work computer for personal business for about an hour two years ago, according to her attorney, Robert A. Mullins.

The incident was discovered after Augusta Commissioner Calvin Holland requested to see Ms. Williams' computer hard drive and that of City Administrator Fred Russell.

His request came after the investigation of former assistant in-house attorney Vanessa Flournoy and her use of the city's computer to do real estate closings.

Ms. Williams was working as a secretary in the law department at the time.

Mr. Mullins said Monday that Ms. Williams was treated unfairly in an attempt to justify Ms. Flournoy's behavior.

Ms. Williams wasn't warned or disciplined before her termination.

The hard-drive fracas boiled over with the firing of the city's in-house attorney, Eugene Jessup, after just a few months on the job. He requested the investigation of Ms. Flournoy.

Mr. Holland was censured by fellow commissioners for directing a city employee to obtain Mr. Russell's hard drive.

The sheriff was called in to investigate Commissioner Marion Williams, who claimed that he possessed a copy of Mr. Russell's hard drive.

He later said that claim was false.

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intheknow
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intheknow 07/24/07 - 05:16 am
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Now, you know she got her job

Now, you know she got her job back, because she is black. Right BuckyDawg?

justus4
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justus4 07/24/07 - 06:32 am
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The Facts: She was reinstated
Unpublished

The Facts: She was reinstated because the action was in violation of personnel practices. Remember "rule of law." What concerns me is whats (was) on Russell's drive. He was doing the same thing, but was protected by the sheriff. Law enforcement failed to learn the truth and the other idiots took their eye off the ball. Ms. Williams should not go back, but sue the city govt to recoup damages and continue to send a "dollar message" that racist behavior is gonna cost ya.

doorag
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doorag 07/24/07 - 07:02 am
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Right on, intheknow! AH,

Right on, intheknow! AH, come on justus4, is it because he be white???

AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 07/24/07 - 07:24 am
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You know what-All of you- If

You know what-All of you- If you check the city employees computer and I know it can be done, because your Data Dept. can tell all the sites you have been to and see everything unless of course they are the right color be it BLACK or WHITE. All this nonsense about Fred Russell's hard drive, give me a break-check all your secretaries, dept heads and everybody in the Marble Palace and all outside connected buildings and you will find on their computers, be it E-mail, or any other programs, they do personnal work and make dates, slander other employees and sit and waste about 5-6 hrs a day of work time. Cut bakc on employees and this will take away their free time to do all this junk. Let them earn their pay as I and many others do. Let them actually see what it means to work 7+ hours a day, instead of coming in having coffee for an hour, setting up lunch or running up and down the halls talking to your buddies about lunch/and or TV the night before. Going to lunch, return and discuss lunch, play games on Computer, clean your desk to go home, When is there tiem for work in that kind of day?
Get a grip, AUGUSTA! Work for your pay!!!!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/24/07 - 07:26 am
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Reinstating Ms Williams seems

Reinstating Ms Williams seems to make as much sense as firing Mr Jessup. We sure could use some leadership. Why won't the charter be rewritten?

pofwe
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pofwe 07/24/07 - 08:10 am
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justus, you sound like the

justus, you sound like the biggest racist since Herman Talmadge,Sr.

happythoughts
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happythoughts 07/24/07 - 08:20 am
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Who follows all the rules? If

Who follows all the rules? If you do, go apply for this position!

ripjones
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ripjones 07/24/07 - 08:35 am
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Why is it, that everything in

Why is it, that everything in Augusta has to be distilled into white or black? There is a big difference in a secretary doing something on her business computer, two years ago, and an attorney doing home closings on her business computer, during hours she was supposed to be working for the County. County employees, for the most part, are like teachers. They really are probably not paid as well as they should be. This whole ComputerGate thing was a big mess, to say the least. It did however, show the true character of two Commissioners. I don't have a problem with using business computers to handle certain personal tasks, as long as it does not impact work production. But to leave your office, while still on the County's dime, to handle real estate closings, I think is a little over the top.

jack
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jack 07/24/07 - 10:17 am
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justus4 what proof do YOU

justus4 what proof do YOU have that Russell was using his computer for personal business (or are you just popping off about something you know nothing about)?

a2
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a2 07/24/07 - 10:29 am
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I'm glad she got her job

I'm glad she got her job back. There are procedures that must be followed to terminate an employee.

bone
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bone 07/24/07 - 11:14 am
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remember, jack, one race is

remember, jack, one race is allowed to sling baseless allegations at the other. obviously you are not a member of the privileged race if you have to ask where justus got his info. of course he doesn't have a source or any justification for accusing russell of any wrongdoing; but russell is white, so he must be doing something racist & illegal.

prolifer
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prolifer 07/24/07 - 11:52 am
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What's the difference in Ms.

What's the difference in Ms. Williams using her computer for an hour for personal business and a 911 supervisor on the city's recorded phone line checking her lottery numbers during a major emergency?

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CHIEF 07/24/07 - 12:13 pm
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Again, another bad choice,

Again, another bad choice, She used tax dollars to do personnal bussiness. You would not pay her for that wasted time. She's another example of whats wrong in Augusta.

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pja5529 07/24/07 - 12:30 pm
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The real question is how come

The real question is how come her they got to see what was on her hard drive but Fred Russell's was protected???

I'm sure they gave her her job back because if they didn't follow their own procedures, they could be sued.

Daddyrabbit
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Daddyrabbit 07/24/07 - 12:34 pm
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The real question IS, Why was

The real question IS, Why was Fred Russel suspicion immediately after one employee was fired for misuse of government property AND what amounted to theft by conducting prive business on a regular basis while being paid by the taxpayers?

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 07/24/07 - 07:38 pm
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did she get back pay?

did she get back pay?

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 07/25/07 - 05:10 pm
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PROLIFER, ARE YOU SERIOUS?

PROLIFER, ARE YOU SERIOUS? Was a 911 employee checking her lottery numers? I cannt say that I am really surprised though...I previously worked with someone who now works for them. She had a really bad attitude with us and I'm sure it didn't change with her new job. That employee should have been fired!

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