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Augusta Commissioners Will Pay For Firing Russell

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The other unfinished business from Monday's surprise firing of City Administrator Fred Russell's firing is his severance deal.

Russell's employment letter in 2005 says, if fired, he's entitled to 6 months pay and benefits. For Russell, that would add up to about $100,000.

But, the new personnel manual approved two years ago also guarantees Russell a severance deal and there's no mention of not honoring the 2005 agreement.

Commissioners say, if it's the law, Russell will get his pay. "If we got to pay him, let's go ahead and pay him, let's go ahead and pay him, let's get this over with. We don't need to be going over and over and hashing this out, it's something that happened," says Commissioner Marion Williams, who signed Russell's 2005 engagement letter as Mayor Pro-Tem. "One hundred thousand dollars, you agree with that?" we asked Williams. "I'm good with whatever the law tells us to do, and that's what I'm going with," says Williams.

Commissioners did not have the severance deal worked out before Monday's vote to fire Russell.

Russell declined any interviews to talk about his going away pay.

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