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Augusta's City Administrator Prepared For Possible Evaluation

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It's been years since Augusta City Administrator Fred Russell has had an official job evaluation, but says he gets rated on a regular basis.

"I guess, technically, I get evaluated every two weeks when they meet and they've continued to pay me for the past 12 years, so I assume that's a positive evaluation," Russell says.

But recently, Augusta Commissioners haven't been so positive of Russell's performance, especially with the proposed Urban Redevelopment Plan for downtown.

The plan is needed to issue bonds for renovating the Augusta Municipal Building, but contained a designation for the downtown area.

"We were disappointed with the way things went down with the slum designation for the city. We don't feel the entire due diligence was done on that particular situation," says Commissioner Alvin Mason.

Now, Commissioners want to gauge how well Russell is doing his job, by conducting evaluations.

"We need make sure we're all on the same page, I think the evaluation process is the best way to make that happen," says Commissioner Mary Davis.

Evaluation can help and employees and management perform better, but they also can be used to established cause for letting someone go.

"We would need to have appropriate reasons to do so and documentation is always the key, so this is not done with the intent to fire anyone, in particular. It could be an award process or it could be a consequence process," says Mason.

"That's more than appropriate. It's something that I've asked for, for years, years, and years, is direction to make sure we're going in the right way," says Russell.

The Commission's Administrative Services Committee is scheduled to take up the proposal on Monday.

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