A vote of no confidence could end up costing taxpayers

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, June 19, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta commissioners may have to spend your tax dollars to hire an outside attorney. It's all related to a no confidence vote for City Attorney Andrew MacKenzie.

Some commissioners have problems with his performance and want to address it publicly.

MacKenzie is accused of being untruthful, bias and playing favorites.

"If you're going to say that someone is untruthful, it should be based on fact. I'd like to see facts of anything that I've done or said that is not true," MacKenzie said.

He has worked in Augusta's legal department for six years. After a no vote of confidence, MacKenzie could be forced to look for another job.

"I got confidence in him. I think from day one Mr. Lockett has been on his case," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

"I have a bone to pick with him. MacKenzie's decisions have been unfair, unpopular and bias. If that's having a bone, then most certainly I do," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.

MacKenzie disagrees with that.

"If you have 10 bosses and they have different opinions, you could get caught in between those differences of opinion," he said.

The fact is Commissioners Lockett, Marion Williams and Alvin Mason have voiced concerns about his advice on Mobility's bus contract and Augusta's new trash contract.

"I ask other attorneys how do you think he's been doing. Most of them say, I think he's doing a damn good job for what he earns," Smith said.

Leaders might have to spend around $500 before making the no confidence vote.

"I have lots of things I want to present in public. I want to make sure it's legal to do first," Lockett said.

Leaders will revisit this again at the next commission meeting.

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