Fred Russell's firing could send him packing with thousands

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at six o'clock/ Dec. 10, 2013

Augusta,Ga---(WRDW) No one ever likes to get fired, but if you happen to be Augusta's city manager that might not be such a bad thing.

Commissioner Marion Williams signature brought Fred Russell in and his motion kicked him out. "My motion is to fire City Administrator Fred Russell effective December 31st, 2013," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

Fred Russell's 2005 engagement letter outlines his salary, benefits and severance package. Last week, News12 was first to report Fred Russell had plans to retire next year.

"Fire and retire," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

The letter states Russell makes $120,000 a year. He gets a car allowance of $7,200 annually paid in equal monthly payments with his regular compensation. He gets vacation, sick leave. healthcare and pension in the same manner as a 20-year employee.

"There's been some questions raised about that contract. We will discuss that with the legal team," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

His letter also states if Russell is terminated for any reason other than the conviction of a violation of a local, state or federal law, he gets a payment equivalent to a six month salary.

"Well yes, He will get the six month $100,000 severance package. It's just the rule based on the policy and procedure manual," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.

It looks as if the city could have saved money, because Russell was retiring next year. At the end of the letter, it reads if Russell voluntarily resigns for his benefit, he will not be entitled to the severance package of six months

In other words, his firing could have given him a big fat Christmas gift with a lot of zero's.

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