Commission looks at candidates to replace Keith Brown

By: Jonathan Martin
By: Jonathan Martin

September 1, 2006

There's still a vacant seat on the Augusta Commission after the resignation of Keith Brown last week, but city leaders are expected to appoint a new District 4 commissioner at their next meeting.

So who's being considered for the job?

It's one vacant seat and one vote, but it represents the voice of thousands in south Augusta.

"We need somebody in that seat to represent that area," said Commissioner Marion Williams. "There's been several names that have come up."

According to commissioners, those names include former chairman of the Coliseum Authority Bernard Harper and business owner Alvin Mason.

They'll both be on the ballot in November.

And for that reason, Commissioner Jerry Brigham says he doesn't think either man should be appointed.

"I don't think one or the other deserves a political advantage by being appointed or disadvantage by being appointed a commissioner," Brigham said.

Another name that has come up is Richard Colclough. He stepped down from this very post in April to run for state office. But there are mixed feelings about him coming back.

"I'm not opposed to that, but I'm many other people in that district, and several names have surfaced that would be interested in just sitting there," Williams said.

"He is experienced in budget and has been through this process before," Brigham said. "The other side is that he was elected by the public from the district. The bads are obviously he is not as popular as he was in the district as he was when he was a commissioner."

So for now board is one vote short until six votes can agree on who will make the Commission complete.

If commissioners have not filled the seat after 45 days, the governor can appoint someone.

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