September is "National Preparedness Month"
October "National Work and Family"
Sept-Oct 2013

In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
CCG Couch To 5K Program
CCG Speechmasters Open House
Drug Drop Box
Employees Talk with the Mayor
Erika Lockett 'Accountability Court Hero'
Judge Cielinski receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Muscogee County Sheriff's Office Blood Drive
Free Exercise Classes
Pet Corner
Healthy Recipes
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
June/July 2013

New Hires

Clerk of Superior Court

Leah Carroll


Cooperative Extension

Barbara C. Collins

Connie Summerford


Human Rescources

Iris B. Jessie


Mental Health Court

Jonus Barnes


Muscogee County Prison

Walter Bland

Christopher Simms


Parks & Recreation

Alexander Asante-Dean

Jerrica Cooper

Melissa Crawford

Janet Goldsmith

Diane Ivey

Wayne Johnson

Sherronda A King

Gregory Lewis

Brianna C Marshall

Jazmine Newsome

Michael A Nixon

Christal Riley

Bernard Williams

Torrey Canady

Antoine C. Carr

Adam McMahan

Terrance J. Adams

Michelle D. Barefield

Isaiah T. Lester

Kea'undra Marshall

Roderick D. Washington


Police Department

Jerry Brown

Matthew Fuller

Gary Grey

Adam Breeden

Eric Stanley

Shelly Joyce

William Herlth


Public Works

Luis A. Irizarry

Clayton Singletary

Donovan Folds

David Kilgore

Coredero Woods

Jeffrey A. Nash

Brandy Gamblin

Stacey Hammock

Ricardo B. Eastman

Wesley Gilmore


Sheriff's Office

Chad Conley

Alex Dupont

Chad Cunningham

Jacqueline L. Hodge

Weston Mobley

Matthew L. Noe

Amanda Pike


Trade Center

Adrian D. Knighton

Nicholas W Richard



Christopher Giddens

Travis Hancock

Brandon Vickey



Board of Equalization

Chelsey L. Moon         

BOE Administrator


Clerk of Superior Court

Carol Mathis

Deputy Clerk II-Real Estate


Muscogee County Prison

Nicholos Kaiser 

Senior Correctional Officer


John McCarley

Senior Correctional Officer


Keith Nesbitt

Senior Correctional Officer


Parks and Recreation

Holli Browder

Assistant Parks & Recreations Director         


Police Department

Kelly Beckwith           Emergency Communication Technician II


Aretina Benning           

Police Corporal


Raymond Mills

Police Corporal


Felix Remigio

Police Corporal


Dawn Tuning

Police Sergeant


Public Works

Rodney Barefield       Equipment Operator II


Laken Brown               

Equipment Operator I


Aaron R. Bryant         Maintenance Worker II


Larcessa Holloway      Correctional Detail Officer  



Paul Huston                Maintenance Worker I


Luis A. Irizarry            

Waste Collection Worker


Randy McCarty          Maintenance Worker I


Quincy Miles                

Equipment Operator I


James Saxon                Equipment Operator III


Daniel Walters             

Waste Equipment Operator


Antonio D. Tucker

Public Works Crew


Malcolm Upshaw         

Public Works Crew


Sheriff's Office

Matthew T. Hall           

Deputy Sheriff


Marcus W. Kennedy    

Deputy Sheriff


Johnathon Hall             

Deputy Sheriff

Thomas C. Pierson     
Deputy Sheriff




Police Department

Daniel R. Franklin        

Police Corporal

27 Years of Service


David W. Pierson  

Police Corporal

29 Years of Service


Shelly D. Joyce            

911 Center Supervisor

25 Years of Service



Public Works

James Henley               

Equipment Operator

40 Years of Service


State Court Solicitor

Shirley Elliott               

Deputy Clerk II

17.5 Years of Service


Traffic Engineering

James W. French         

Traffic Control Technician

29.5 Years of Service


Newsletter Archives
Check out our archive section for previous editions here


Newsletter Staff

Sherry Evans

Jackie Goodwin 

Vickie Hughes  

Rosana Juestel

Donnie Kent

Susan Lathan 

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Cindy Ware
Sofia White


Suggestion Box
How Can We Improve City Government.
Send your suggestions

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CCG Couch To 5K Program
Huge Success!!

We had 34 CCG employees signed up to participate in the very 1st ever CCG Couch to 5K Program from June 5 - August 5, 2013. Many also ran in the Rotary Park 5K on August 7, 2013.

Congratulations to all employees who completed this program!!




CCG Speechmasters Open House   

speech Want to improve your speaking abilities and gain confidence? Your'e invited to come and experience how to improve your communication and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. Email for more info or visit us on the web at  


September 19, 2013 

Government Center Tower

Plaza Level

11:30 - 1 pm 


Drop Box


Employees Talk with the Mayor

More than 150 employees from nearly every department came to hear and be heard at the first 'Employees Talk with the Mayor' forum. The event began with a reception catered by Chick-Fil-A in the Community Room and moved to Council Chambers to accommodate the crowd.

Talk with the Mayor

The Mayor took questions from the floor and addressed other questions submitted by survey. There were questions concerning many issues ranging from employee parking to benefits and pay. The Mayor explained that there have been three .5% pay increases (for a total of 1.5%) in the last three budget years. There has also been a 4% upward pay adjustment to offset the 4% pension contribution. She explained that using data received from the Finance and Human Resources Departments there have been no reduction in net pay due to these adjustments. Actually, any reduction in net pay is due to the expiration of the Federal Government's withholding tax exemption. The expired payroll taxes, which amounted to 2%, impacted a lot of employees' take home pay. The Mayor also addressed the health of the reformed Pension Plan. It was noted that there was a 10% return on investments this year, which is very good. Many employees expressed concern that employee parking at the new City Services Center is located on the third floor, when there appears to be ample parking on the second floor. Both the City Manager and the Mayor addressed this issue stating that the city continues to assess the usage of the parking garage in light of the newly opened Aquatic Center. Once we know more, there may be some employee parking spaces moved to the second floor. Lastly, the Mayor encouraged the General Government employees to form an informational group (like the Public Safety's FOP) so that they can better organize their responses to issues that are important to them.  


The Employees Talk was so successful, that the Mayor plans to hold them once every six months. The next 'Employees Talk with the Mayor' is tentatively set for February 13, 2014 with reception at 5:00 pm and the forum starting at 5:30 pm.

Erika Lockett 'Accountability Court Hero'
Erica Locket
Erica Locket

Mrs. Erika Lockette, a case manager with the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court, received the "Accountability Court Hero Award" in the Case Manager category at the Accountability Court Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The award was presented at the lunch plenary with more than 600 drug court professionals in attendance. Mrs. Lockette manages a caseload of 30 youth at any given time. In the past 6½ years that Ms. Lockett has served with the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court, over 250 youth have graduated under her guidance.   Mrs. Lockette was the case manager of the first juvenile to give a testimony in the "Parade of Transformation" at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in Nashville, Tennessee, 2012.

"Mrs. Lockette was absolutely a "God-send", I am so thankful for her!"- quote from a graduate parent.


The Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court is very privileged to have such a great case manager serving our youth and families.

Judge Cielinski receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Judge Michael Cielinski  
On June 20, 2013, Judge Michael Cielinski was presented the "Frost Ward Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Council of Municipal Court Judges. This very prestigious award is based on the length of time a judge has served, outstanding and dedicated service to the justice system and professionalism. Nominations must come from another judge in the Council of Municipal Court Judges and there are over 300 Judges in Georgia. Judge Cielinski is the third person to ever receive this award.

Prior to becoming a judge, Michael Cielinski was the attorney and legal advisor for the Columbus Police Department. In 1981, he became a judge because of a growing desire to better serve and protect both officers and citizens of Columbus. He constantly strives to be a good listener, be fair and impartial in all the decisions he makes.

Muscogee County Sheriff's Office

Blood Drive

Blood Drive The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Forty-three units of blood were collected and will provide for nearly 129 patients in our surrounding area.

Free Exercise Classes
Sponsored By the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department

Fitness Schedule  (PDF)
Pet Corner 

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month


Tips to Keep Pets Safe 


Here are some helpful tips on being a responsible dog owner:

  • Commit for the long haul
  • Make time for your dog
  • Provide proper identification for your dog
  • Do not be a backyard breeder
  • Keep your dog healthy
  • Train your dog

For more information other helpful tips, please log on to 


Please, please, please play with me!!!!


Harley McDonald is 15 years young. Proud owner Jennifer McDonald, Human Resources Department


Send your cutest pet picture to


Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center** ($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)
Healthy Recipes

Fall is in the Air! Try these lightened up comfort food recipes:


Cabbage Bean Soup  

Cabbage Soup
1 lb Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey

1 Onion, chopped

2 Stalks Celery, chopped

1 Head Cabbage, chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

2 (15 oz) Cans Tomato Sauce

1 (16 oz) Can Stewed Tomatoes

1 (15.5 oz) Can Hot Chili Beans

Salt, Pepper, and Tabasco Sauce to taste


Brown ground meat, rinse and drain. Saute onions, celery, cabbage and garlic until transparent. Add all ingredients together in dutch oven, add water to fill and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 hours.


Guiltless Oven Fried Chicken


Chicken 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

1/4 Cup Fat Free Ranch Dressing

1/2 Cup Corn Flakes, crushed

Spices of choices (parsley, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, etc.)

Cooking Spray


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix spices and corn flakes in a small bowl and set aside. Dip chicken in ranch dressing, and then roll in corn flake mixture. Spray rack with pan under it, put chicken on rack. Bake about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  


Healthy Food Quiz

What is your nutritional IQ?

Getting the facts about food can help you lose weight!!


Test your Food IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a $5 gift card to Subway! All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to by October 10, 2013.    

CCG Employees Only

(All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing.)


1.There is more calcium in a pint of skimmed milk than in a pint of whole milk.       

a. True  b. False


2. Turnips and oranges are a source of calcium.  

a. True  b. False

3. Sunlight is a source of vitamin D.
a. True  b. False

4. Saturated fat is better for you than monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat. 

a. True  b. False


5. Adults should consume a maximum of 6 grams of salt per day.
a. True  b. False 

July/August 2013 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Shirley Rivera of Probate Court

Answers to the July/August 2013 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.A; 2.B: 3.B; 4.C; 5.A     


Upcoming Community Events
September/October 2013


Labor Day

September 2


Water Aerobics

September 9, 16, 23, 30

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

Columbus Aquatic Center

For more information, please call 706-323-8707


Blood Drive

September 11 - 10 am - 3 pm

Give the gift of life!

Sponsored by the Mayor's Office

Plaza Level, Government Center

For more information, please contact 706-653-4712


50th Annual Shrine Circus

Circus September 14 & 15

Come one, come all to the 50th Annual Shrine Circus at the Columbus Civic Center on September 14th and 15th. All net profit goes to support the Columbus-Fort Benning Shrine Club and its projects.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


Columbus/Muscogee County Landscape Program

September 18 - 8:30 am - 3:15 pm

Georgia and Alabama pesticides certification credits are available.

CCG Annex Conference Room

For more information, please contact 706-653-4200


CCG Speechmasters Club Open House

September 19 - 1130 am - 1:00 pm

Government Tower

Plaza Level


Run @ Work Day

National Run Day at Work


September 20 - 12 noon

Get out and take a run/walk during your lunch break. Interested participants, please plan on meeting at the fountain in front of the steps on the Government Center on the 10th Street side.

For more information, please email or click here.


Chris TuckerChris Tucker

September 20 - 8:00 pm

He came to prominence in the 1995 film Friday alongside Ice Cube. Tucker is also a humanitarian and spends much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation. He currently appears in the Oscar nominated film "Silver Lining Playbook" with Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit



Tri-City Latino Festival

September 21 - 9:00 am

FestivalThe 1st Tri-City Latino Festival to be held on September 21, 2013 at beautiful South Commons, Columbus, Georgia. This festival is being co-sponsored by the City of Columbus, GA and is FREE to the public. We are featuring local and internationally acclaimed performers as the main attraction on a main stage and a local stage.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit or


Special Day for Special People

October 3 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Traveling to West Point Lake in Lagrange

Departure Location: Pop Austin Therapeutic Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


78th Annual Tuskegee/ Morehouse Football Classic

October 12 - 2:00 pm

The "Grand Daddy" of all classics is proud of our 78 years of gridiron tradition. We promote the best play from our student athletes, as well as sportsmanship like conduct on and off the field. The annual Tuskegee Morehouse classic is set for 2:00pm at A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium in beautiful Columbus, GA. This year marks the 78th meeting between the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. Find all your gameday information here at the official classic website.

AJ McClung Memorial Stadium

For additional information including locations of ticket vendors, please visit


Columbus Day

October 14


Greater Columbus Fair

GCFair October 15-20

Celebrate the beginning of autumn in the Chattahoochee Valley. Come to the Greater Columbus Fair for food, rides, games and more! Entertainment on the main stage and exhibitions in the Exhibit Hall located inside the Columbus Civic Center.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


National Boss Day

Octber 16



Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey


Vs. Knoxville Ice Bears

October 26 - 7:30 pm

Enter the Snake Pit if you dare! The Columbus Cottonmouths return to the Columbus Civic Center for the 2013-2014 hockey season. GO SNAKES!

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


Therapeutic Recreation Division-Fall Festival

October 30 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for fun fall activities!

Pop Austin Therapeutic Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


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