News 12 First at Five, March 25, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---More high drama, or low comedy, at the James Brown Arena depending on how you look at it. A worker just hired has been fired. We spoke with the woman at the center of the controversy.
"Obviously I'm open for work...if anybody's hiring." Julie Huggins, facilities manager at the James Brown Arena, is fired after 7 days on the job. "I'd like to believe different things, but I think the reality of the situation is some personal agendas are on the table," said Julie.
And there is lots of he said...she said to go around. The issue...Julie's resume. Julie calls herself director of operations. The business manager at her former job...The Morocco Shrine calls her rental manager, and says, "We do not have a director of operations." The chairman of the board at the shrine says Julie was in charge of all non-fraternal operations.
"I think that my job performance speaks for itself, and I can only hope that this has not damaged my career here in Augusta," said Julie.
It all started when Harry met Julie. She found herself in the middle of a heated battle between Harry Moore...chairman of the coliseum authority who said welcome aboard, and the personnel committee who said not yet. Julie took Harry's advice.
"It's a very...It's an emotional roller coaster, and you do what you have to do. I put forth 110% and I think that I would be emotional either way." Emotional and shocked says Julie. "I'm not from here, but I will tell you I've never seen anything like this any place I've ever lived, and we're a military family," said Julie.
This all comes weeks after the Coliseum Authority board fired the general manager, Robert "Flash" Gordon.
A few months ago, the board fired its attorney, Ed Enoch, and then reinstated him. The board also fired longtime accountant Harry Dolyniuk, who has not been reinstated.