Augusta Commission to vote on names of city employees

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, July 15, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta commissioners will continue to debate, and this time, it's all about a name. Two city employees say they applied for director positions, while some commissioners say they're just coordinators.

"Little Mickey Mouse words and play," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

Smith is talking about an agenda item asking the city attorney to determine the official job titles of city employees Jacquelyn Humphrey and Yvonne Gentry.

"A leader is a leader, if they're the director, let's get the language straight," Smith said.

Humphrey's application, the job posting and other emails sent from Human Resources refer to her as the director of Equal Employment Opportunity. Others documents read coordinator. Gentry says she applied for the director of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

"We don't hire coordinators. We hire directors. We voted to hire both, meaning it was under the impression that they were directors," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.

"We have to many other things in this county that need attention. I'm in private enterprise and I'm the president and manager of my company," Smith said.

The charter calls for one person to handle both departments. Johnson says the city code also asks for seven and a half votes before changes can be made.

The question is: How do you get seven and a half votes from 10 commissioners?

"Those are the things we weren't willing to deal with back then. We have to deal with that now," Johnson said.

"As it was put together, there are lots of discrepancies, and we continue to move forward despite that," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

Commission members could vote to change those titles on the city's charter Tuesday night.

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