Pamela Hodge - Deputy City Manager
Pam Hodge was unanimously approved by Columbus Council as Deputy City Manager on April 28, 2015. Her title will be deputy city manager for finance, planning and development. She will oversee five departments: finance, engineering, inspections and codes, planning, and community reinvestment.
Pam possesses a degree in business administration from Wichita State University.
She has been the finance director since 2007, initially hired as assistant finance director in 2004. She worked for government in various cities prior to joining CCG. In addition, she has held numerous accounting positions in the private sector.
Pam is in the process of presenting the 2016 fiscal year budget to Columbus Council. However, she anticipates the transition into her new position as being smooth for a number of reasons:
- She worked very closely with the previous Deputy City Manager on the financing of all city projects and is very familiar with the projects currently underway.
- She has an understanding of the big picture and vision for the city.
- She has been an integral part of the executive management team.
- She has overseen the financing and been actively involved in the structuring of the projects that have taken place in Columbus over the last 10 years.
- She has vast knowledge of the city's operations and over 20 years of governmental experience.
Pam has been married to Keith for almost 12 years. They are parents of 4 sons.
She enjoys spending time with her family and walking her black lab, Oakley. In her spare time, she also enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors (as long as it is warm), and watching sports. Her philosophy is "Treat others as you would like to be treated. Always have integrity: Be honest and have strong morals."
Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
NEW HIRE LIST FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2015
Citizen Service Center
Clerk of Council
Clerk of Superior Court
Parks & Recreation
Elisabeth Del Gesso
Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Enforcement
Senior Engineering Technician
Parks & Recreation
Animal Control Officer II
Maintenance Worker II
Fleet Maintenance Technician II
Maintenance Worker III
Maintenance Worker III
Emergency Communication Technician II
Emergency Communication Technician I
Deputy Sheriff FTO
Deputy Sheriff Technician
State Court Judge
Retirees December 2014-January 2015
Parks & Recreation
Recreation Program Specialist II
Maintenance Worker III
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CIVIC CENTER NAMED A SILVER BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS
The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Columbus Civic Center with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award on April 22, 2015. With this award, the Civic Center will join more than 950 other visionary businesses from across the country.
Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business has been a goal of the Civic Center for the past two years according to Ross Horner, Civic Center Director. Ross stated, "Mayor Tomlinson's efforts to move Columbus closer to becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community prompted us to get involved and connect with a group of people who travel through South Commons daily".
The Civic Center currently offers covered bike parking, staff assisted bike repairs, free skate rentals, free popcorn at arena events, shower facilities, courtesy bike patrols, and will be adding more elements in the near future.
Stay tuned for more updates by visiting www.columbusciviccenter.org.
Click here to view photos from the announcement ceremony.
EAT YOUR FRUITS & VEGGIES COMPETITION!
The CCG Wellness Committee is sponsoring the Colorful Choices Campaign from June 1, 2015 to July 12, 2015.
What is the "Colorful Choices" Campaign? It is a healthy eating campaign that is designed to encourage participants to eat more FRUITS AND VEGETABLES on a daily basis. The goal is for participants to put produce first - with a colorful variety of at least 5 produce servings a day, including a minimum of 3 vegetables. From juicy blueberries and tomatoes to savory brussels sprouts and pumpkins, eating a colorful variety of vegetables and fruits every day is a delicious recipe for better health and well being.
Would you think of wearing the same clothes every day? Eating the same foods every day? Most of us like variety and like to "mix things up". Why not do the same with your nutrition?
Employees will be asked to participate in teams of 5 people so that you can motivate each other in a friendly competition. Prizes will be offered.
You will be notified on the sign-up process through emails, posters and bulletin board announcements.
Make HEALTHY COLORFUL CHOICES!
MAYOR TERESA TOMLINSON RELEASES FISCAL YEAR 2016 RECOMMENDED BUDGET
The Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of Columbus, Georgia released her recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2016 that will begin July 1, 2015. If you would like to review this document go to www.columbusga.org/pdfs/FY16-MayorsRecBudget.pd
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and other organizations bring awareness to mental illness. These groups fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
The public is encouraged to learn the signs, ask for help if needed, address symptoms early and plan an appropriate course of action in order to improve overall health.
Mental health, similar to other diseases such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes, should be treated as soon as symptoms occur. When feelings and emotions get overwhelming, it is often difficult to know where to turn or even if a mental health professional should be contacted. Feelings of sadness are often temporary for most people but for some, however, the feelings don't go away and become serious and even life-threatening.
Local Mental Health Resources:
- West Central Georgia Regional Hospital
- New Horizons
- Bradley Center
- East Alabama Mental Health Center
- Family Counseling Center
IIMC ANNOUNCES 46TH ANNUAL MUNICIPAL CLERK'S WEEK
May 3- 9, 2015 has been designated as Municipal Clerk's Week to recognize the vital and appreciated service performed by City Clerks and Deputy Clerks.
Municipal Clerks Week was initiated in 1969 by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and is endorsed by all of its members throughout the United States, Canada and other 15 countries.
In 1984 and 1994, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, signed a Proclamation officially declaring Municipal Clerk's Week, the first full week of May and recognizing the essential role Municipal Clerks play in local government.
Municipal and Deputy Clerks' main function is to serve as the Council's foundation. Other duties include, but are not limited to maintaining the official Council minutes, preparing agendas, maintaining ordinance books, and all records and documents. They index all official actions of Council, and process contracts and agreements. Receives, distributes and files correspondences from citizens and other governmental agencies. Also, acts as a key liaison between local government and its citizens. They also record the actions of the various commissions and committees appointed by the Council. Many serves as financial officers or treasurers, and in small municipalities, may act as chief administrative officers. Another important responsibility is administering part or all of the local election functions.
The position of Municipal Clerk, along with the tax collector, is considered the oldest public servants position that dates back to biblical times and actually, even before that. Ancient Greece had a city secretary who read official documents publicly. At the opening of the meeting, one of the duties of the clerk was to read a curse upon anyone who should seek to deceive the people. Their duties have expanded over the years, and today, modern technology assists them with their increasing responsibilities.
During the week of May 3 - 9, 2015, stop by the Clerk of Council's office, to meet your Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington, who has served as the Clerk of Council for the past 19 years, and served the City of Columbus for 36 years. Also, meet some of the new staff members who have recently joined the Clerk's office; and welcome Deputy Clerk Lindsey Glisson and Administrative Secretary Brittney Jones, and Tameka Colbert, Administrative Clerk.
WORKERS' COMPENSATION QUIZ
We all know that the City pays workers' compensation benefits when we are hurt on the job. But how much do you really know about the workers' compensation rules? Take this quiz and see how much of an expert you are.
- While carrying a pile of files from one office to another you trip over your big feet and sprain your ankle. Is this covered by worker's compensation?
- It's lunchtime (hurray!) and, as you walk across the parking garage to your car, your knee gives way. You fall to the ground, cutting your leg. Would this be considered a work-related injury?
- You are so happy at winning $100 on a lottery scratch-off ticket that you hug a fellow employee who just congratulated you. As you step back you feel a sharp pain across your shoulders and realize you hugged him a little too hard. Should you file a First Report of Injury?
- You have a knee injury that has been accepted as compensable. You want to go see the orthopedist who fixed your other knee when you had a football injury years ago. He's not part of the City's network of physicians. Can you insist on seeing him?
- As you climb into your truck one morning you find out the hard way that you forgot to tie your bootlaces. You land hard on your tailbone. Will this be considered workers' compensation?
- After surgery and physical therapy, your physician releases you to light duty. Your department assigns you to a light duty job that you consider to be far beneath your abilities. Can you hold out for another assignment?
- Your department has placed you on FMLA leave and workers' compensation leave at the same time. Can they do this?
- You have already suffered one heart attack. One day, while talking to a colleague at the office, you feel faint and experience chest pain. An ambulance takes you to the hospital, where they treat and release you. Phew! It wasn't another heart attack. You're unsure whether to file this under your health insurance or whether this would be paid for by workers' compensation. Which is it?
- You are involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving a City vehicle. Workers' compensation pays for all your medical treatment and for lost wages, but you believe you should get some extra money for pain and suffering. Can you sue the City for more money?
- Yes, this is covered by workers' compensation. Any injury that arises "out of and in the course of employment" is covered, regardless of fault on the part of either employer or employee. Your big feet are irrelevant. You were doing your job and got hurt. That's covered.
- No, this time it would not generally be considered work-related. You were not hurt while doing anything other than a normal life activity, i.e. walking, and there was nothing on the ground to cause you to fall. This was simply something in your own body and not work-related.
- Well, first of all you need to be careful about the City's sexual harassment policies! But beyond that, this would not be covered by workers' compensation. The fact that it happened at work is not sufficient; this would have to arise out of and be connected to your work. Clearly this is not.
- No, you cannot. Through AmeriSys the City has access to a large network of doctors. That network has been approved by the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation and the City is allowed to insist on your using that network. If you refuse to cooperate you may have to pay for the treatment yourself and you could even lose your workers' compensation benefits for lack of compliance.
- Yes, this is workers' comp. The injury arose out of and in the course of your employment, and your failure to tie your bootlaces, while probably giving rise to a lot of teasing from your colleagues, will not bar you from receiving workers' compensation benefits.
- No. As long as you receive your regular pay and accrue your regular benefits, your department can assign you to whatever light duty task they need completed. Failure to comply with a legitimate light duty assignment that is within your restrictions may result in ongoing treatment and benefits being denied under workers' compensation.
- Yes, they can.
- You need to file this under your health insurance. This would be considered an "idiopathic" condition, which basically means that this is something that relates to your body and your health, not your work conditions. Merely talking to a fellow employee during business hours does not automatically convert a health condition into a work-related injury.
- No, you can't. Workers' compensation benefits are what are called an "exclusive remedy." Employers guarantee treatment and wages, without consideration of who was to blame for the injury, and the employee gives up the right to sue the employer. Neither employer nor employee can change the terms of this agreement under the law.
June is the American Humane Association's
Each spring during "kitten season," thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat - or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!
"TOP TEN" CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT
- If you're thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
- Find a cat whose personality compliments yours.
- Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
- Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
- Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
- Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
- Cat-proof your home.
- Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
- Be sure to include your new pet in your family's emergency plan.
- If you're considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.
The information above was provided by the American Humane Association.
For more information, please visit the link below
Columbus Animal Care & Control Center at 706-653-4512 http://www.columbusga.org/publicservices2/Animal_Control/
Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center**
($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)
Cheesy Pita Crisps
2 whole wheat pita breads (6")
1/4 cup reduced-fat margarine, melted
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Split each pita bread into two rounds. Cut each round into four triangles; place inside up on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the margarine, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper; stir in the Parmesan cheese. Spread over triangles. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until gold brown.
Beef 'n' Cheese Dip
1 pkg (8 oz) reduced fat cream cheese
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
2 pkgs (2-1/2 oz each) thinly sliced dried beef, diced
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup mild pepper rings, drained and chopped
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced round rye bread
In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Stir in the beef, onions, peppers and Worcestershire sauce. Cut the top fourth off the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-inch shell. Cube removed bread and top of loaf; set aside.
Fill bread shell with beef mixture. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until heated through. Serve with reserved bread cubes and raw veggies.
What's Your Nutritional IQ?
Healthy Food Quiz
Test your Food IQ and Enter in for a Chance to
a $5 gift card to Subway! All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
by June 15, 2015.
CCG Employees Only
Are You a "Super Foods" Superhero?
1. What should we all eat more of?
2. Super foods are usually lower in calories than other foods.
What's a good sign a food has a lot of nutrients?
a. Deep color
b. Is raw, not cooked
c. Weighs a lot
4. What do blueberries have over strawberries?
b. More vitamin C
c. More fiber
d. More antioxidants
5. Which fish has the healthiest fats?
b. King mackeral
Mar/Apr 2015 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Teresa Snellings, Parks & Recreation.Answers to the Mar/Apr 2015 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.A; 2.D; 3.B; 4.A; 5.C
Upcoming Community Events
May - June 2015
Columbus Civic Center
Visit http://www.columbusciviccenter.org or call (706) 653-4472
May 9 Columbus Lions vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks
May 21 - 23 MCSD Graduations
May 30 Columbus Lions vs. Erie Explosion
Jun 6 Family Day Music Festival
June 13 Columbus Lions vs. Trenton Freedom
June 20 Denim & Diamonds Concert Featuring Scotty McCreery
June 21 Charlie Wilson
7:00PM $47.50 - $87.50
Parks and Recreation Events
Fluellen Recreation Center
Art on a Budget - Wednesdays & Fridays 3:00pm -4:00pm (May and June)
Pinterest Club - Wednesdays 5:30pm to 6:30 pm (May and June
Book Club - Month of May - "No One in the World" by E. Lynn Harris - Mondays 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Summer Kick OFF Explosion - June 13, 2015
Psalmond Road Super Center
Youth Cooking Class (Quesadillas) Cinco de Mayo May 5, 4-6pm
College Ready Program - May 13 (6-7pm)
Youth Instructional Basketball Program - June 22-25 11-1pm Sign-ups begin June 8
Adult Aerobics Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7pm
Badminton - Wednesdays (5:45-7:00pm) and Saturdays (4pm-6:00pm)
Volleyball - Thursdays (5:30-7:00pm)
Boxwood Recreation Center
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 7 - Mothers' Day Tea
May 16 - National Kids to Park Day/End of School Year - Summer Kickoff Cookout
May 26 - Bike Rodeo (Columbus Police Department Bike Patrol Unit)
June 6 - Summer Saturdays' Begin (9 Square)
June 8-10 - Cool Kids Art Camp
June 15-17 - Father/Son Olympics
June 20 - Summer Saturdays' Kickball Game
June 25 - Jumpin' Jack N' Jill Camp
Northside Recreation Center
May 8 Mothers' Day Lite Lunch and Crafts - 12pm - 2pm
June 10 Flower Arranging 101 - 3pm to 6pm
Must be 10 years of age or older
Cultural Arts Program - Britt David Cultural Arts Studio
Registration for Summer Classes Begins at 6:00pm on May 11 at Britt David Studio. To see a current list of classes go to http://www.columbusga.org/parks/arts.htm