News 12 First at Five / Monday, Aug. 26, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta commissioners are agreeing to let the past stay in the past and say they're trying to work better together.
In past meetings, there's been name-calling, accusations, walkouts and refusals to vote in commission meetings. Respect is what the group is missing, according to some commissioners.
Leaders are working on ways to change how they're viewed.
"We haven't been doing the best job. We haven't been doing that good of a job at it," said Commissioner Mary Davis.
"We have a code of conduct that's in place that we approved. If we followed that, it would improve the public perception of us greatly," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Throughout the year, some commissioners have yelled at each other, called city employees liars and walked out, refusing to vote.
"Part of the problem is that some want to grand stand and it seems to be a double standard," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.
"People don't want to talk about politics, but it's really the art of compromise, and without that, you don't have anything," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.
Many of News 12's viewers on Facebook say race is a key issue for Augusta commissioners. City leaders deny that and plan to work toward becoming friends while agreeing to disagree.