Is Fred Russell retiring next year?

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at six o'clock/ Dec. 04, 2013

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)----One of the most recognizable faces in Augusta could be leaving next year. Commissioner Joe Jackson tells News12, City Administrator Fred Russell could be announcing his retirement as soon as next month.

Jackson says talks are happening right now behind closed doors about how to find his replacement."You know there's always a parachute plan. Sometimes it's your parachute and sometimes it's just getting pushed out the plane," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

Russell has been with the city as administrator for 10 years. We're told he's lasted longer than any other person in that position.

"Do I think he's out lived he has outlived his life expectancy? I believe so. We are at the end of the road. It's time for some new blood and new ideas," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.

"Mr. Russell needs to go. We talked about him leaving maybe next year," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

Fred Russell's departure has become a regular theme. Russell came under fire for giving $350,000 in raises to certain employees. His resignation was called for again once leaders learned about his plan to call hundreds of acres a slum to pay for the renovations at the municipal building.

"He has mentioned to us that he wants to retire. He came up with a plan on announcing it in January. He also mentioned we should go out for professional services to find a qualified replacement," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.

Jackson says he's not sure if Russell's second in command, Tamika Allen can handle the job.

"I think bringing outside people in, bringing the non-connected people who have no ties to the area will set the stage for Augusta," said Jackson.

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