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Mar-Apr 2013

In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Pet Corner
Empty Food Bowl
Public Services Name Change
FEMS Promotion Ceremony
CCG Blood Drive Results
Having trouble keeping those New Year's Resolutions?
Fuel Your Life!
Open House for Boxwood Community Recreation Center
Free Zumba Fitness Classes for City Employees
Line Dancing at Gallops Senior Center
Employee Recognition Program Winners
Healthy Recipe
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Employee Spotlight
Fred Cobb, New Assistant Director for Inspections & Code

We want to give a warm welcome to William "Fred" Cobb who is the new Assistant Director to the Inspections & Code Department. Fred is originally from Tuscaloosa, AL. He attended Auburn University school of Architecture and he is A.I.A. and NCARB certified. Fred is a registered architect in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Fred has over 20 years experience in applying codes in the design of commercial buildings and he is looking forward to utilizing that experience in the Inspections and Code Department.


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
December 2012 and January 2013

New Hires

Kaylyn Alexander


Citizen Service Center
Angelica Hector



Eddie Bryan



Amanda Dutton


Fire Department

Richard Bias

Kyle Bolen

Otis Bussey

Robin Dollar

Joshua Dunn

Timothy Farley

Mark Horne

Alexandria Johnson

Anne Land

Cyrus Luttrella

William Murray

Sasha Rivera

Katie Russell

Jason Sandoval

Joseph Tassoni

Cindy Young

Michael Clay

Jeb Mays


Inspections & Code

William "Fred" Cobb


Theresa Cradic

Kishana Fisher


Municipal Court

Linda Darr


Muscogee County Prison

Elias Nolt

Normae Beecham

James Binion

Michael Brown

Demetrius Isom

Leon Lucas

James Nachman

Daniel Kiernan

Calvin Crabb


Naval Museum

Stephanie L. Sams


Parks & Recreation

Damone Turner

William M. Briggs

Keith A. Carey

Sharon Lee

Shelby Cutting

Kristin Ellis

Sharon Hunter

Mary Dominguez

D'Nae Hughley

Monica Brown

Jaleesa Caldwell

Christina McCray

Ginger Thompson

Kachina Waynick

Jason Carden

Larry Daniel

Tiffney Ellis

William Green

Sherman Hayes

Matthew Kennedy

Benjamin Shuler

Bill Williams

Destiny Gammage

Joseph D. Nelson

Ronnis Tolbert, Jr.


Police Department

Vondell Aaron

James M. Head

Joshua McQuien

Jessica Richmond

Rachel Denny

Corey Foy

Jonathan Knight

Elise Padgett

Donald Rambo

Ashley Still

Kristen Bradford

Tiffanye Breedlove

Brittany Hutcherson

Pollyanna Moore

Cassandra Morgan

Andrew Redmond

Heather Toney

Krista King

Zachary Cole


Public Works

James N. Saxon

David Tedore

Christopher Williams

Kentrell Bellamy

Terell Harper

Quincy Miles

Rhonda Stebbins

Michelle A. Gould

Harriet Martin

Trevan Barthell

Jeffrey L. Mitchell

Daniel G. Walters


Sheriff's Office

Stephanie L. Gooch

Dameion Crowell

Walter Kinney

Alisa Valles

Eric Weiss

Famata Batista

Michael Gibbs


State Court

Anne Massey


Superior Court

Ashley Livingston

Kecia Cawthorne

Norman Davis

Laura Jolley

Kimberly G Perkins

Bremeka Wright

Tami Blackshear

Dayna Solomon


Tax Assessor

Antwaniece Wall

Stacie L. Stone-Cook


Tax Commissioner

Carson Grimsley

James E. Robinson

Brandon Love



Trade Center
Michael A. Grant





Aretha Brawley  

Traffic Analyst


Inspections & Codes/Print Shop

Michael J. Daniel

Print Shop Technician


Probate Judge

Marc D'Antonio

Probate Judge


Muscogee County Prison
Larry Aviles
Correctional Sergeant


Mark Sanders

Correctional Sergeant


Robin Strong

Correctional Lieutenant


Sherman Thomas

Deputy Warden Security


Police Department

Jackie Baquero

Emergency Communications Technician III


Jeremy Dryden

Emergency Communications Technician II


Tammy Strawder

Emergency Communications Technician III


Public Works

Steven Johnston

Equipment Operator I


William Perry

Heavy Equipment Operator


Andre Scott

Public Services Crew Leader


Justin Hawkins

Chemical Applications


Jerome Keyton

Landfill Maintenance Technician


Cedric Slappy

Equipment Operator III


Sheriff's Office

Louie Abney

Field Training Officer


David Lang

Deputy Sheriff           


Timothy Delbridge

Deputy Sheriff


Tax Assessor

James L. Dixon

Personal Property Manager


Tax Commissioner

Max Patrick

Deputy Tax Commissioner





Ralph Ott

Operations Supervisor

26.50 Years of Service



Norma J. Ausburn

Traffic Analyst

32.5 Years of Service


Otis G. Holcomb

Traffic Signal Supervisor

27.5 Years of Service




Julia Rasch

Administrative Assistant

18 Years of Service


Debra Starling


27.5 Years of Service


Inspections & Codes/Print Shop

Robert Allen

Print Shop Technician

15 Years of Service


Police Department

Marilyn A. Davis

Police Officer

15 Years of Service


Mark D. Starling


34.5 Years of Service


Public Works

Lazaro Mir

Landfill Maintenance

24.5 Years of Service


Larry Dallas

Assistant Storm Water

28.5 Years of Service


Bernard Francis

Heavy Equipment Shop

22.5 Years of Service


James E. Hollis

Public Services Crew

41.5 Years of Service


Sheriff's Office

Gary T. Ledford

Deputy Sheriff

23 Years of Service


Josef Stewart


25 Years of Service


Tax Assessors

Oliver H. P. Juhan, III

Personal Property Division Manager

15 Years of Service


Pet Corner
April 7 - 13, 2013 is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

The Columbus Animal Care & Control Center is located at 4910 Milgen Rd, Columbus, GA 31907. Visitors are welcome to stop by and visit with any of the adoptable animals Monday through Saturday from 10 am - 5:00 pm. With 52 indoor dog runs and 32 cat cages, the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center Staff are dedicated to providing the best care to all animals, while animals wait for families to adopt them. Please stop by and tell them "Thank you!!" for protecting the welfare of helpless animals and pets that are rescued from injury, disease, and starvation, and giving sanctuary to the thousands of homeless animals in our city.


For more information or to view adoptable pets, please clink in the link below.


Animal Control Website


Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center**

($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)


For more information, call the Animal Care & Control Center at 706-653-4512


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

311 Citylink

Empty Bowl
Sponsored by the Parks & Recreations Department 
Public Services Name Change
From Services to Works

The old familiar department name Public Services is now Public Works. Public Works is the internationally recognized title of organizations that provide infrastructure services that improve and maintain a city, county or locale. Pat Biegler, Director of PublicWorks, says that the new name will provide opportunities for the department to gain recognition in the Public Works industry.


Our Public Works consists of 11 divisions with more than 400 employees that utilize over 300 inmates daily.


Public Works Divisions

Administrative - Handles personnel and safety issues.

Animal Control and Special Enforcement - Operates an aggressive animal Adoption program, which has been very successful. The euthanization rate has been reduced from 79% to 52.6% in two years. In January, the rate was 36% - the first time the rate has been in the 30's. This division also ensures property owners comply with codes regarding overgrown weeds and trash on lots. 

Cemeteries - Manages four cemeteries.


Community Service - Manages people assigned by courts to perform community service hours. 

Facilities Maintenance - Maintains the infrastructure that isn't public right of way such as the buildings and irrigation systems.


Fleet Management - Maintains the city vehicles.

Forestry and Beautification - Performs mowing and maintains trees. Keeps right of way looking beautiful.

Landfill Management - Maintains four active and five closed landfills.

Rainwater - Cleans pipes, drainage ditches, and retention ponds.

Street Repair and Maintenance - Performs sidewalk repair.

Waste Pick Up and Recycle - Picks up waste and operates recycling center.


Pat's goal is to apply for Public Works accreditation. This is a program in which a committee assembles a file that specifies the department's long term plan, policies and procedures. At the end of three years, a team representing Public Works Departments from around the country examines each practice.   Pat realizes this is a very difficult goal because fewer than 100 cities in North America have been accredited, but she looks forward to the challenge.  

Fire/EMS Promotion Ceremony Held on February 6th

Division Chief Mike Higgins promoted to Deputy Chief of Administration

Captain, EMS Coordinator Marie Harrell promoted to Division Chief

Lieutenant Dan Woods promoted to Captain, EMS Coordinator  

CCG Blood Drive Results

The Columbus Consolidated Government's Human Resources Department and the CCG Wellness Committee partnered with the American Red Cross on Thursday, February 21, 2013 to host a blood drive. 37 units of blood were collected!! This will provide life saving blood and or blood products for nearly 111 patients. Thanks to all who participated!! 

Having trouble keeping those New Year's Resolutions?
Consider this Riddle


Who am I?

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.
Half the things I do you might as well turn over to me and I will be able to do
them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed - you must merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus
the intelligence of a human.

You may run me for profit or run me for ruin - it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me,
and I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

I am Habit.


-Steven Covey

Fuel Your Life!
A Program that Helps Employees Eat Better and Be More Active

FUEL Your LIFE is a worksite health program that helps employees eat better and be more active. We are pleased to announce that 88 CCG employees signed up and are actively going through this program. There will be two more registration periods for employees to sign up. Be on the lookout for more information soon!!

FUEL Your Life is administered by The Workplace Health Group at The University of Georgia.  The program is supported by a grant from the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases.

Open House for Boxwood Community Recreation Center

The Honorable Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Columbus Council cordially invite you to attend a ribbon cutting Open House ceremony for the newly renovated Boxwood Community Recreation Center. RSVP to 706-653-4029

 Saturday, March 9, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

Boxwood Community Recreation Center

1110 Enoch Drive

Columbus, Georgia

Free Zumba Fitness Classes for City Employees 
Taught By Licensed Instructors, Valerie Holder and Mindy Rudolpho
Many city employees have made "self improvement resolutions" for 2013.  This is the perfect reason to join Zumba Fitness.  Zumba Fitness is a Latin inspired, calorie burning dance-based workout.  CCG Zumba Fitness is offered for FREE each Tuesday and Thursday at the Public Safety Building (basement) at 5:30 pm for all Columbus Consolidated Government Employees!

Employees must show City IDs to gain access to the restricted area where classes are held.  Attire is workout clothing along with comfortable shoes and water to keep the body hydrated. Classes are taught by a licensed Zumba Instructor, Valerie Holder of the Columbus Police Department and Mindy Rudolpho.  Contact for further information.  

CCG Zumba Fitness has been going strong since November 2012! Read the employee testimonies below and check out CCG Zumba Fitness for yourself!
"After deciding not to undergo surgery, I knew if I was going to improve my situation, I was going to have to get up and move through the pain...Valerie and Mindy's instruction is awesome! They cover all the moves really well, demonstrate modified moves for a lower impact workout, and stress the importance of form to receive the full benefit of the exercise without the worry of over exertion or injury. The music is contemporary, energizing and infectious...Since I've started Zumba classes my mobility is improving, my range of motion is getting better and better with each class and my pain level is drastically decreasing...Zumba's motto is, "Ditch the workout, come join the party!"...Have YOU joined the party yet?!! You don't know what you're missing!"  Lisa Lane, WIA/JTPA.

"The past year has been one of the most difficult that I have experienced on a personal level...I hesitated at first because it seemed like it was kind of high impact for someone of a more mature age...I decided to try it. I love it!!...I have more energy and a better outlook on life than before. For all the people who have not taken advantage of this great opportunity...they are missing out on good exercise, a lot of fun, and great fellowship with other employees." Martha McGowan, Columbus Police Department.

"Zumba is fun and I feel absolutely worn out and wonderful at the same time..Val and Mindy also make steps that older people like me can do so that we will not hurt ourselves during out Zumba time. Thank you Val and Mindy for your time and energy, you girls are awesome." Deborah Whitley, Columbus Police Department.

"At one point I could not touch my toes, had no energy and could not walk up a flight of stairs.  Thanks to Valarie and Mindy (Zumba program) I'm in better shape than I have been in years.  I look forward to our classes every Tuesday and Thursday.  The routines are fun and you learn to dance..." Patsy Wright, Columbus Police Department.

"I have to thank Valerie and Mindy for their great enthusiasm and energy. They make me want to shake my body harder and it definitely keeps me coming back for more. I have so much energy after class. Since starting Zumba November 2012 to January 24, 2013 I've lost a total of 12 pounds and 2 pants sizes. I have met different people from other departments that I wouldn't normally meet.  Sandra Russaw, Engineering Department. 
Line Dancing at Gallops Senior Center

Line Dancing - Tuesday and Thursday at 9am. Great exercise for men and women!

Trip to Savannah, Jekyll & St. Simon's Island, April 22-26, 2013. Contact Reggie Thompson at 706-653-4176 


Employee Recognition Program Winners
4th Quarter 2012 Winners

These employees have shown dedication and a commitment to excellence in supporting the City's mission. Please join Columbus City Council, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, and City Manager Isaiah Hugley in congratulating these employees.

Healthy Recipes

Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad


12 Cups torn Fresh Spinach

Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad

2 Pints Fresh Strawberries, halved

4 Kiwi, Peeled & Cut into¼-inch slices

1/3 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Canola Oil

1/4 Cup Raspberry Vinegar

1/4 tsp Paprika

1/4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 Green Onions, Chopped

2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds, toasted

1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds


In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and kiwi. In a blender or food processor, combine the sugar, oil, vinegar, paprika and Worcestershire sauce; cover and process for 30 seconds. Add onions, sesame

seeds and poppy seeds. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Yield: 12 servings

One serving (1 Cup) equals 121 calories, 6g fat,

0 cholesterol, 64 mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 3g protein.


Luscious Lime Angel Squares


1 Pkg (.3oz) Sugar-Free Jell-O gelatin

1 Cup Boiling Water

1 Prepared Angel Food Cake, (8-in), cut into 1-inch cubes

1 Pkg (8oz) Reduced-fat Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 tsp Lemon Juice

1-1/2 tsp Grated Lemon Peel

1 Carton (8oz) Reduced-Fat Whipped Topping, divided


In a bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Refrigerate until mixture just begins to thicken, about 35 minutes. Place cake cubes in a 13X9X2 dish coated with non-stick cooking spray, set aside. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in sugar, lemon juice and peel. Add gelatin mixture; beat until combined. Fold in 1-1/2 cups whipped topping. Spread over cake, covering completely. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; top with remaining whipped topping. Yield: 15 servings

One Serving equals 139 calories, 4g fat, 8 mg cholesterol, 145 mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3g protein


Note: This recipe is easy to alter just by changing Jell-o flavors, orange & lemon are great.



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 April 15, 2013.    
CCG Employees Only


1.Excess calories from fat are more easily stored as body fat than other types of calories 


a. True  b. False


2. Skipping breakfast is a good way to trim calories. 

a. True  b. False

3. Butter and margarine have about the same calories.   

a. True  b. False

4. Snacking doesn't always make you fat.  

a. True  b. False

5. A calorie is a measurement of heat.  

a. True  b. False

January/February 2013 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Courtney Darr of Muscogee County Sheriff's Office. 

Upcoming Community Events
March / April 2013

Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games


vs. Mississippi Riverkings

March 8

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Mississippi Surge

March 9

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Pensacola Ice Flyer

March 22

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Augusta RiverHawks

March 23

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Cente

Columbus Lions Arena Football

Vs. Knoxville Night Hawks

4:00 pm

Columbus Civic Center


Vs. Richmond Raiders

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center


Vs. Louisiana Swashbucklers

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center

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


Monster Nation's Jurassic Bash

March 1 & March 2 - 8:00 pm

Monster Nation's Jurassic Bash will feature some of the toughest monster trucks in the world - including Dan Runte's BIGFOOTand Doug Noelke'sTailgator.

Columbus Civic Center

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


Empty Bowl

March 3 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us in the fight against hunger! This event pairs bowls decorated and created by local artists with a lunch of soup, bread, dessert, and drinks. Come in an pick a bowl, eat lunch and keep your "empty" bowl. All proceeds will help fund the Feeding the Valley- Kids Café Program. Event is hosted by the Columbus Department of Parks & Recreation

Northside Recreation Center

For more information, call Vickie Williams at 706-575-5475 or Lisa Castile at 706-653-4196


Transition/ Job Fair

March 5 - 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The 3rd Annual Transition/ Job Fair will offer attendees with disabilities transitioning from high school and adults the opportunity to hear from and meet private and public agencies that provide support for further education and training or employment. Event sponsored by the Muscogee County School District, Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities, Columbus State University, Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries, and Contact.

Columbus State University- Student Recreation Center

For more information, call 706-653-4492 or


Disney on Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy

March 14        7:00 pm

March 15        10:30 am & 7:00 pm

March 16        2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

March 17        2:00 pm

Come experience a magical Disney fantasy on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy.

Columbus Civic Center

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


CCG Memorial-A Celebration of Life

March 12 - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for our 6th Annual CCG Memorial: A Celebration of Life, as we honor and pay tribute to the life and work of the active and retired employees of the Columbus Consolidated Government who passed away in the year 2012.

Plaza Level, Government Center

For more information, please call 706-653-4017


Special Olympic Motorcycle Poker Run

April 13 - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Help send local athletes to the games. All proceeds go to benefit Georgia Special Olympics. Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department

Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson on 3231 Williams Road

For more information, please call 706-225-4108


Special Olympics Car Show

April 27 - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This charity event will benefit Georgia Special Olympics. Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department

Uptown Columbus on Bay Avenue at 10th Street

For more information, please call 706-225-4108


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