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Some Say Commissioner Calling For End To Bickering Is Casting The First Stone

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They're  not getting along very well, and that hurts the City of Augusta-Richmond County.

"Economic development is suffering, we're on the Commission bickering about small trivial things," says Commissioner Bill Lockett.

City leader behavior hasn't been good lately: it's been biting and bitter.

With all the fighting, Lockett wants Commissioners to discuss the public perception of the board, due to the lack of decorum and the impact it is having on development.

"With all the bickering and so forth, it's not helping us as individual Commissioners. It's not helping us in our representation of the community," says Lockett.

Commisisoner Donnie Smith agrees there's too much bickering, but isn't taking Lockett's motion to improve decorum seriously.

"When the maker of the motion is probably one of the people who is the most difficult to deal with..." says Smith.

We asked Lockett if he should be casting the stone about decorum, when he's also been difficult to deal with. "I mean, let's face it. You know, I didn't come here to make friends, I came here to do the job," he answered.

But, that job is more difficult if Commissioners are disparaging each other in public.

"I believe we can do better, I believe there is a will to do better, and I think Commissioner Lockett putting this on the agenda shows that," says Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

"It's the right message, I'm not sure the right person is bringing the message," said Smith.

Mayor Copenhaver says the number one problem is a lack of communication on the Commission. In fact, Lockett says he's gone months without speaking privately to certain members on the board.

Smith says it's going to take all ten working together if Commissioners are going to get along and the personal issues need to be put to the side.

We'll see how this goes when Lockett's proposal is debated Monday.

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