Janice Jackson ready to be city administrator

Jackson ready to be city administrator

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - If all goes to plan, the city of Augusta will have a new administrator at the helm come the new year.

"They were looking for someone who was an experienced organizational leader, someone who had the substantial background in local government," Janice Allen Jackson said.

A sudden vote this week in the city commission meeting thrust candidate Jackson's name back into the spotlight, with commissioners voting to begin negotiations with her. But the move didn't come as a surprise to the candidate.

"I had been contacted earlier just to verify I was still interested in the position," Jackson said. "Once they got a confirmation from me about that, I was told there was a possibility a vote could be held sometime soon."

Jackson said on day one she'll use her experience from working in Albany, Ga. and Mecklenburg County, N.C. to help move Augusta forward.

"I love local government work," Jackson said. "This is an opportunity for us to really build and grow the organization, but also the Augusta community."

If both sides can iron out a deal, Jackson will take office Jan. 1. She would replace Fred Russell, who was fired from the position in December. Right now Tameka Allen and Steve Cassell serve as interim city administrators.

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