News12 at six o'clock/ Sunday, Dec. 11, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta Commissioners will decide who will be the Interim City Administrator next Tuesday after firing Fred Russell.
Some people are telling News 12 more city employees could be on the way out and we're learning it's going to take months before they find a permanent replacement for Russell.
City Attorney Andrew Mackenzie sits outside while commissioners on the inside discuss Monday's firing of Russell.
This is not his first time on the outs with certain elected officials.
Commissioners Alvin Mason and Bill Lockett tried to hold two no confidence votes on his job performance last summer.
We asked, Is Andrew Mackenzie next to be fired?
"There's always a possibility. If you are not doing your job properly, you very well could be next," Commissioner Bill Lockett said.
"It's just I don't know the path some of my colleagues are going. We keep cutting out people and positions to fill with new people. The people doing their job they need to leave them alone," Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle said.
It's going to cost the city to fill Russell's shoes. He's making more than $135,000. He actually makes less than Airport Director Gary Letellier at $150,000.
The city will pay a head hunting firm that will then search their national databases for a qualified candidate. The applicant will go through two background checks and rounds of interviews.
"I would imagine we would start interviews in the latter part of January. We could have a replacement by the end of March," Lockett said.