Richmond County Commissioner evaluations could be on the way

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County Commissioners could soon be getting progress reports.

On Monday, the group voted in favor of  having a workshop that will discuss performance evaluations for themselves and other city officials.

District Five Commissioner Bill Lockett said, "This is something that any great organization should do."

Lockett, like his colleagues, wants to not only see all commissioners evaluated, but also city administrator Fred Russell and City Attorney Andrew McKenzie.

Russell came under fire in 2011, when he gave secret raises to forty-four city workers, while the rest were furloughed or dealing with cut pay.

County commissioners say in the 10 years Russell has been a city employee, he has never had a report card on his work.

"He needs to have a job description to know what exactly his duties and responsibilities are,"Commissioner Lockett said.

Commissioners said City Attorney Andrew Mackenize has also never had a formal performance evaluation.

Two years ago, District Five Commissioner Bill Lockett voted to fire city administrator Fred Russell, but said this evaluation isn't about singling out Russell or anyone else.

"We need to have some kind of instrument that will let others know how you're performing for promotions or exit strategies."

Downtown business owner Mike Walraven wants to see evaluations hold commissioners to higher standards.

"When we had the slum designation, you had commissioners who were blind sided and didn't know what was going on. I think accountability will be a good thing."

Good things he hopes for downtown and all of Augusta