News12 at 11 o'clock/ Jan. 16, 2014
Augusta, Ga (WRDW)----For the first time, since both the city and county consolidated, there's a woman in charge. Her name is Tamika Allen. She is running day to day operations as the interim city administrator and answers to 10 bosses.
"I mean I wouldn't want to work for me.I mean it's really not easy and I believe in letting employees do their job," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.
If majority commissioners disapprove of the administrator's job performance, they could get fired. You can talk to Fred Russell about it,
he held the job for nearly 10 years before getting canned last month.
According to the city clerk, the commission didn't interview other candidates when they hired Russell a decade ago.
"I can't talk about what happened years ago I wasn't there. I do know that the colleagues expressed to the media that we want someone who is qualified and certified," said Commissioner Wayne Guifoyle.
Now, commissioners need to find a permanent replacement. "I think a minimum of a master's degree. I think a minimum of five years experience in a city the size of Augusta or larger," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.
"Somebody that's fiscally conservative and has the proof to show it. We need someone who can actually manage this government and show what experience they have to do the job," said Guifoyle.
Russell left the position making around $130,000. The next administrator could make even more.
"For comparable cities, I have seen an increase in that position's salary range. We will look at that and figure out what's best for the city," said Commissioner Mary Davis.
For now, Allen will keep the city running until permanent administrator is named.