Augusta's Policy and Procedure Manual up for debate

News12 at 11 o'clock/ Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta Commissioners will decide Tuesday who will fill City Administrator's Fred Russell's position temporarily. Last week Russell was fired with a 7 to 0 vote.

The city also is set to discuss the responsibility of that position and other issues with the Policy and Procedure Manual. Changes could be on the way for how city employees are fired and employees on probation appeal that process.

"I think what we need to do instead of the commission doing the changes. We need to reach out to the departments," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.

Commissioners Marion Williams, Corey Johnson and Alvin Mason want changes to be made. Williams says he has a problem that the current manual that does not allow employees on probation to appeal their firing.

"People want to talk about the economy and how bad things are," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

"Have you had to fire anybody in your office? I have had to separate employees in my office. I have had to separate three employees," said HR Director Tamika Bryant.

New Human Resource Director Tamika Bryant says she is following the rules.

"Every employee is held accountable to perform the job they are getting paid to do. It is always my intention to work with every employee to help turn it around," said

"This is a critical time. You have to be sensitive to the people this isn't cut and dry," said Commissioner Williams.

Bryant says her office is working on changing the manual as it relates to the discipline process, compensation and recruitment. Augusta Commissioners will have a workshop next month to discuss these changes.


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