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January 2012
In This Issue
Judge Smith Takes the Helm
New Hires,Promotions and Retirees
Newsletter Archives
Newsletter Staff
Suggestion Box
Bring on the Chipper
A Message from the City Manager
Caring and Sharing Project
Holiday Decorating Contest Winners
Healthy Recipe
Blood Drive IT Department
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Judge Smith Takes the Helm
 judge arthur smith
Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Arthur Smith as the new Superior Court Judge in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. Gov. Deal swore in Smith on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the House Chambers in Atlanta, GA. Smith replaces retired Judge Doug Pullen. Smith spent 23 years as corporate counsel for Aflac. He and his wife, Sue, have two daughters. Welcome Judge Smith!

Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & 



November 2011 


New Hires


Lorrie A Brewer


Clerk of Municipal Court

Felicia L Davis


Clerk of Superior Court

Valen Pettaway


Cooperative Extension

Frances G Brown-Simmons

Kristy A Claxton

Kathryn M Ferrell

Jennifer Hayes

Connie Summerford

Kay Ortiz



Robert Lackey


Muscogee County Prison

Keith D Nesbitt

Lashanta D Hagan

William A Thomas


Parks & Recreation

Janet D Debrow

Demetrius A Jackson

  Police Department

Jason P Mausar

Matthew K Newsome

Hector J Vega-Talavera

Crystal Houseweart

James Jenkins


Public Services

Matthew C Hubbard

Daniel Wehr

John Borum


Sheriff's Office

Shermaine Dorsey

Latasha Long

Gaetaine N Hunter

Mia Blandingburg

Christopher Bryant

Christopher Stanton


Metra Transportation

Carmen T Carde

Melvin Steed

Steven Downey




Fire Department

Kevin Garner  

Fire Sergeant EMT

Oscar Gregory  

Fire Lieutenant EMT

Roosevelt Jackson

Fire Sergeant

Cynthia A Sims

Administrative Coordinator


Parks & Recreation

Michael Britt   

Site Supervisor

Rome Clayton   

Park Maintenance Worker I

Kenneth Fitzpatrick

Park Crew Leader

Brandy Goff   

Marina Technician II

Eric Hart   

Park Maintenance Worker I

Janet Langan

Recreation Program Specialist II

Austin Michaud

Motor Equipment Operator I

Reginald Thompson

Recreation Program Specialist II


Public Services

Darien J Dixon

Maintenance Worker III

Terrence C Mahone

Equipment Operator III

Joseph Sims

Equipment Operator II

Sara Welsh

Animal Resource Center Supervisor


Sheriff's Office

Spencer K Franklin

Deputy Sheriff Field Training Officer




Muscogee County Prison  

Willie H Sider

Correction Technician

13 Years


Metra Transportation

Peggy Mayo

Bus Operator

22 Years



Annette Gore

Project Coordinator

11 Years


Sheriff 's Office

Duke A Darrah

Deputy Sheriff

12 Years  

Newsletter Archives
 Check out our archive section for previous editions here
Newsletter Staff

Vickie Armstrong

Norma Ausburn

Sherry Garcia

Jackie Goodwin 

Reather Hollowell

Rosana Juestel

Donnie Kent

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Sofia White

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

Special Events


Bring on the Chipper  


In Columbus we have designated five drop-off sites: Cooper Creek Park, Britt David Park, Shirley Winston Park, Dinglewood Park and The Columbus Botanical Gardens. Trees may be dropped-off at these locations in a designated area starting Monday, December 26, 2011.

On Saturday, January 7, 2012, Georgia Power will chip the trees into mulch. The mulch will then be made available to area residents at no cost. The CCG Recycling trucks will be at each site to collect wrapping paper and gift boxes. Please neatly fold wrapping paper before recycling. At Britt David Park ONLY, free fall seed packets from Ferry-Morse will be given away between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Keep Georgia Beautiful, under the direction of the Department of Community Affairs, spearheads the Christmas tree recycling project.


 A Message from the City Manager


We Finished 2011 Columbus, Georgia Strong!

2011 was a difficult year for cities and counties across the nation. All have dealt with a bad economy and declining revenues while citizens have continued to demand increased levels of services or certainly no decline in service or increased fees. Many have had to cut budgets, raise taxes and fees, furlough and lay off employees to maintain a balanced budget. Columbus weathered the storm and ended calendar year 2011 without doing any of the above. While we were not able to do all that we wanted to do, we can truly say, "We Finished 2011, Columbus, Georgia Strong".

Thank you (CCG employees) for your hard work and dedication. You stepped up and did more with less. Because of you, the CCG remained strong in difficult times.

The Report:

  • Layoffs - None
  • Furloughs - None
  • Budget cuts after budget adoption - None
  • Pay adjustment - 0.50% increase
  • Tax Digest - Up 2%
  • Building permits for all construction (residential/commercial/other) - Up 12.7%
  • Original LOST - Up 7.57% in FY12 over FY11 (4 months collection)
  • 2nd LOST - Up 14.74% in FY 12 over FY 11 (4 months collection)
  • External Audit of CCG - Received Unqualified (clean) opinion for financial statements ending June 30, 2011
  • CCG Bond Rating - "Aa2" from Moody, "AA+" from Standard & Poor's affirming a stable outlook with strong financial operations
  • The CCG has continued to resurface roads, hire additional police officers, deputy sheriffs, deputy marshals, funded crime prevention projects, and we are in the midst of constructing capital projects that will further improve the quality of life for citizens. These projects include a New Ice Rink, City Services Center, Natatorium, Recycling/Sustainability Center, Fall Line Trace/Walking-Jogging- Biking Trail, 6th Avenue Flood Abatement, and road projects such as Forest Road, Ft. Benning Road/Brennan Road, Moon Rood and many others.

My message to you for January 2012 is "Thank You". You have earned "High Marks" for your service, commitment and dedication. Job Well Done!  

Happy New Year!



Caring and Sharing Project 2011 Impact Results

 CCG employees donated 27 blue recycling bins filled with toiletries to help those in need. The following United Way agencies were served: Homeless Resource Network, Hope Harbour, Open Door Community House, Salvation Army, and the Valley Rescue Mission. The impact of the Toiletry Collection drive will positively affect more than 7,300 people living in this community over the next four months.

Thank you CCG employees for making the 2011 Caring and Sharing Project a tremendous success!!!

Caring Sharing graphic 

Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

Best Traditional Tree

District Attorney's Office


Best Non-Traditional Tree

Muscogee County Sheriff's Office-Jail


Best Traditional Scene

Public Services - Facilities Maintenance

Cusseta Rd Office


Best Non-Traditional Scene

Facilities Maintenance Office - Government Center


Best Holiday Wreath

Columbus Police Department - Lobby


Charlie Brown Winner

Tax Assessor's Office


Best Homemade Tree Ornament

Muscogee County Sheriff's Office - Criminal Division


Holiday Decorating Contest 

Department that participated: District Attorney's Office, Jail Division - Admin Office, Solicitor's Office, Public Services - Admin Office, Mayor's Office, Facilities Maintenance - Cusseta Rd, Information Technology, Columbus Ice Rink, Finance - Accounting, Frank Chester Rec. Center, Sheriff's Office- Lobby Area, Gallops Senior Center, Sheriff's Office- Criminal, Fox Recreation Center, Facilities Maintenance - Government Center, Fox Admin Office, Tax Assessor, Therapeutic Recreation - Pop Austin, Finance - Revenue, CPD - Support Services, CPD - Lobby, CPD - Patrol Services, CPD - Investigative Service, CPD - Police Chief Office,


Healthy Recipe
Buttermilk Pecan Chicken

Buttermilk Chicken


4 (8-oz) Skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 Cup low-fat buttermilk

1 Cup toasted pecans

1 Cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 375°. Flatten breasts to ½-inch thickness. Place in large bowl. Pour buttermilk over chicken; cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour. Place pecans and planko in food processor; pulse until fine. Transfer mixture in large rimmed dish. Remove breasts from buttermilk; shake off excess. Coat breasts evenly and place onto baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden and crispy. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. One Serving: 307 calories; 10g fat; 4g carbs; 138g sodium.


Blood Drive IT Department

The Columbus Consolidated Government's Information Technology Department partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, December 15, 2011.


Sixty-one (61) units of blood were collected, which will provide life saving blood and or blood products for nearly 183 patients in our surrounding area. Blood Drive



Upcoming Events


Professional Bull Riders

Experience the excitement of professional bull riders at they come to the Columbus Civic Center.

January 13-14 at 7:30 pm


Merle Haggard

Come and see the legendary country artist, Merle Haggard as he takes the stage at the Columbus Civic Center.

January 18 at 7:30 pm


Blake Shelton Amplified & Well Lit Tour

Blake Shelton performing with special guests Justin Moore and Dia Frampton (from NBC's "The Voice")

January 26 at 7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center

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

blake shelton, merle hagard, professional bull riders, columbus civic center


Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games

at the Columbus Civic Center


vs. Huntsville Havoc

January 10 at 7:30 pm


vs. Mississippi RiverKings

January 22 at 4:00 pm


vs. Knoxville Ice Bears

January 21 at 7:30 pm


vs. Louisiana Ice Gators

January 27 at 7:30 pm


vs. Louisiana Ice Gators

January 28 at 7:30 pm






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

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