AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who was absent Monday when commissioners voted to fire City Administrator Fred Russell, has issued a statement on the decision.
"Having worked with Fred for eight years now, I consider him a man who kept the greater good of our city as a whole at the forefront of his decision making process," Copenhaver said.
"His job was never easy, and I respect his commitment to always moving Augusta forward. I respect the will of the body and truly hope the commission will work with me to help find a qualified replacement, as this will not be an easy task but is something we should all take very seriously at a critical juncture for a city we love and are blessed to serve."
"With all of the transformational initiatives we are currently working on for Augusta the stakes couldn't be higher and I have faith that my elected colleagues will work together to ensure that they come to fruition."