Richmond Co. City employees to be evaluated by commission

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - It's been 10 years since city administrator Fred Russell got an official evaluation but he said he believes he's been doing a good job.

"I've been here for 10 years. City administrators don't last very long, traditionally. In Augusta, they haven't lasted very long at all," Russell said.

"We're not perfect. We make mistakes but we get a lot of it right and that's the measure you got to look at and balance that out and I think going forward it's a good process," said Russell.

But now the commissioners will gauge his work through a new performance evaluation system.

"I'm excited that we're going to establish direct reports for the commission," said Mary Davis, commissioner for District 3. "This hasn't been done and it's definitely necessary to keep everybody on the same page."

Those direct reports will be used to evaluate Russell and other positions like the Equal Employment Opportunity and Disadvantage Business Enterprise coordinators.  

Some commissioners feel this should have been established since Russell first took office.

"We've been going along like everything is fine and everything has not been fine," said District 9's commissioner, Marion Williams. "We just kind of turn our heads to it."   

But Russell says he welcomes the evaluations.

"In these particular jobs, when something goes wrong, you hear a lot about it but there are a lot of success that happen too. Evaluations measure both," said Russell.

The human resource department has also established succession planning but when asked if he thought he'd be let go, Russell replied:

"I'm not planning on going anywhere. I think Augusta has become my home and I'd like to stay here for a while, in any capacity that I could and it's premature to talk about demise at the moment."