Augusta commissioners vote to fire City Administrator Fred Russell

Augusta commissioners vote to fire City Administrator Fred Russell

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta commissioners voted Monday to fire City Administrator Fred Russell.

During a closed-door meeting, commissioners voted 7-0 to terminate Russell effective Dec. 31.

Russell spoke to media after the announcement.

"It's not about Fred Russell," Russell said. "It's about a management style and a change in direction."

"I think each one of these people would tell you Fred Russell has some great points and Fred Russell has some issues - just like anybody else."

Some commissioners say they've wanted to give Russell the ax for a long time.

"It's been a lot of stuff. It's not just one or two things," Commissioner Marion Williams said. "This has been going on for quite some time and this is no surprise."

"You don't be arrogant with your employer," Commissioner Bill Lockett said. "There are certain expectations, and what I wanted was a very smooth transition. I wanted him to go out on very good terms, but he chose not to. This has been a long time coming."

But not all commissioners were in on this.

"The immediacy of this announcement has caught several of us off guard," Commissioner Donnie Smith said. "I was certainly not here for the vote so I don't know all the information. I don't know what was brought out that led to this."

There were very little specifics given by what triggered the termination, but standing in front of the very people that voted to release him from his position, Russell said he is content with the change.

"I don't disagree," he said. "It's time for some new ideas, some new vision and mainly some new energy."

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