Commission votes 7-3 to accept Chiquita Johnson resignation

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 2:48 PM
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The Augusta Commission has voted 7-3 to accept the resignation of General Counsel Chiquita Johnson, and to appoint Staff Attorney Andrew McKenzie as interim general counsel.

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Staff Attorney Andrew McKenzie (seated) and city administrator Fred Russell.  Rainier Ehrhardt/ Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/ Staff
Staff Attorney Andrew McKenzie (seated) and city administrator Fred Russell.

Matt Aitken, Bill Lockett and Jimmy Smith dissented.

According to the severance agreement she signed Monday, Ms. Johnson will be paid for nine more months - three more months than she's entitled to by contract if terminated - and keep her benefits for nine months. The city will pay $1,187.14 to her landlord to break her lease early.

Ms. Johnson also agreed not to file litigation against the city seeking financial compensation, and she can't apply for another job with the city.

Mr. Aitken said he voted no because he was unfamiliar with the issue. Mr. Lockett said he was opposed because the deal was worked out behind the scenes, with him "left out of the loop." Mr. Smith said he didn't like the terms of the severance package, questioning why she should be compensated beyond six months.

"I don't understand that," Mr. Smith said, "when all the evidence is clear that we have."

Though he voted yes, Mr. Grantham said afterward that he did not want to cast a vote in favor of the severence package. City Clerk Lena Bonner said she's checking into procedural rules to see if the vote should be recorded as 6-4.

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jbartley
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jbartley 01/05/10 - 10:27 pm
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Augusta has made more

Augusta has made more progress in the last six months than in the last ten years!!!!!! There is hope for us after all....

coolchic
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coolchic 01/05/10 - 10:41 pm
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Corgi, Champ and Chiquita?

Corgi, Champ and Chiquita? Omg.... that would be funny! But dear God, do not allow any children with that union!

AWyld1
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AWyld1 01/05/10 - 10:43 pm
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RCR...why would you as a

RCR...why would you as a taxpayer tell her good luck and sympathize with her. That's not the city's money that's your money. This should be illegal. She was under contract and incompetent.. Someone should file suit against the commissioners for mismanagement of funds. This nonsense has to stop.

jch30906
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jch30906 01/06/10 - 12:12 am
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why is she breaking her

why is she breaking her lease? its not like she cannnot afford to stay a little while. i am a little disturbed by the whole incident.

jch30906
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jch30906 01/06/10 - 12:14 am
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we are just going to keep

we are just going to keep paying for stupid things. why is she breaking her lease? it is not like she cannot afford to stay a little while.

juantez
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juantez 01/06/10 - 01:28 am
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Hell she was not that
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Hell she was not that incompetent she was smart enough to get a 100g's out of those incompetent azz county commissioners.

1941
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1941 01/06/10 - 07:17 am
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For the package, that she

For the package, that she recieved, she either deserved it, or she had something on the commisioners!! Either way I wish her the best, in her next job.Regardless of what they said about her, she was still smart enough, to get the best deal.!!!!

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