Deputy Administrator will temporarily run city once Russell's out

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12's at 11 o'clock/ Dec. 17, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- City leaders got a lot accomplished in their last commission meeting of the year. One of the big decisions was who would act as interim city administrator since Fred Russell's last day is Dec. 31.

There was a some confusion after the vote about who does what when Russell clocks out. Before the legal meeting, commissioners were split on who should fill the Interim City Administrator's role.

Some wanted a person from outside the government while others say there's no reason Deputy Administrator Tamika Allen should be overlooked.

For a second week in a row, Commissioner Marion Williams tried to kick the City Attorney Andrew Mackenzie out of a closed door session. Today he failed after commissioners voted 4 to 5 to allow him to do his job.

After an hour long meeting, City Attorney Wayne Brown shed some light on how the city will do business.

"Motion to approve the commission's appointment of the Mayor and in his absence Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson as acting city administrator," said City Attorney Wayne Brown.

Commissioners voted 9-1 to give Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Mayor Pro tem Corey Johnson the ability to run the city only if Deputy Administrator Tamika Allen is out the office.

The motion seemed to baffle Commissioners some thought it put the mayor in charge. Commissioner Corey Johnson describes a split role.

"She won't be held accountable as the deputy for signing any documents. The mayor will be signing documentation and she will be assuming day to day operations," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.

"It's nothing that I want in particular. I don't want to run the day to day operations of the city. It's not my job as mayor. This is just really a good protocol to have," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Will it lead to confusion or clarity as city leaders look ahead to the new year?

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