News12 First at Five/ Dec. 10, 2013
Augusta,Ga (WRDW)-----The search is on to find an Interim City Administrator for Augusta following the surprise ousting of Fred Russell. On Monday, Augusta commissioners voted to fire Russell.
He'll be gone by the end of the year, but it could take months for the commission to find a permanent replacement.
Some think it's an easy choice on who will be the Interim City Administrator, because there is only one Deputy Administrator left. Two names are being thrown in the ring for the job.
"There's been talk of bringing back George Patty and you know George Patty just retired. It might work," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
Patty retired in September after working for the city since before consolidation. He held several positions, most recently as the head of the planning department.
Tamika Allen serves as the Deputy Administrator and IT Director now. Commissioners say with Fred Russell leaving, Allen can't do two jobs.
"There's only so many hours in the week she's going to have to choose," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
"We will have to make some changes if we decide to do that with Mrs. Allen. She is wearing two hats at this point. We would have to have someone fill her shoes in the it department," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.
Both Commissioner Bill Lockett and Wayne Guilfoyle think the next city administrator should have a masters degree among other things.
"We would expect this person to have diverse experiences. We don't want this to be a strange environment," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.
"The person has got to have a management style thinking, able to balance a budget and make this city operate smoothly," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.