Augusta Mayor drumming up support for his administrator pick

Monday, July 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Mayor Copenhaver has already picked between Janice Jackson, Oscar Rodriguez and Steve Layson on who should get the administrator job.

Copenhaver says he knew who his pick was as soon as interviews were over.

"When you look at the interview process they all did well. You look at their educational background and they all did well. I can feel good about my recommendation once," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

The qualifications are a masters degree and experience leading a city the size of Augusta. Layson is the only candidate without that degree.

Jackson is the only one who has called the shots in a city or county with a population of 195,000 or more. She was the GM in Mecklenberg County which includes Charlotte, North Carolina and has nearly 1 million people.

Layson managed Bibb County, Georgia with around 155,000 people.

The candidate with six or more votes wins. Sources tell us right now candidate Janice Allen Jackson has one or two votes.

Those same sources say Steve Layson has at least three commissioners supporting him. We're told by city sources that the third candidate, Oscar Rodriguez is the mayor's favorite. He also has two to three votes from the commission.

"Both people that were recommended by me were hired with 10 to 0 votes," said Former Mayor Bob Young. "We thought it was important that everybody be in agreement on the candidate."

Young recommended former administrators George Kolb and Fred Russell.

For now, those with the voting power are not yet sold on who will get the position.

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