May is "National Bike Month"
June is "Adopt A Cat Month"
May-Jun 2013

In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Drug Drop Box
Adopt- A- Spot Program
Employee Appreciation Week
Employee Appreciation Week
Georgia Cities Week
Tiny B. Washington Earns Master Municipal Clerk Certification
Worsley Participates in First NRPA
A Tribute to Mothers
6th Annual Memorial Tribute Held
Pet Corner
Healthy Recipes
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Holidays
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Employee Spotlight
Renee Sturkie, New Assistant Finance Director

Renee Sturkie was employed as the City's Assistant Finance Director on February 25, 2013. Prior to joining the city, she was employed by the Columbus Regional Healthcare System as the Administrative Director of Clinical Operations.


As Assistant Finance Director, Ms. Sturkie's primary responsibility is financial planning, including budget. She is well-versed in this area since she assisted the clinical areas with their financial matters and budgeting in her last position. Her goal is to help the city manage its finances through operating efficiency and sound financial practices.


Renee has been married to Bill Sturkie for 27 years. They are the parents of two children; a 21 year old son who is presently a college student and a 17 year daughter that will graduate from high school in May. Renee enjoys spending time with family and is an avid golfer. In her spare time, she also reads and goes to the movies (comedies). Her philosophy is "Everyday is a gift. That's why they call it the present."

Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
February and March 2013

New Hires


Irvin Rivera-Alejandro

Emmanuel Rosado


Citizen Service Center

Delvonta B. Shavers

Whitney Hall


Cooperative Extension

Joyce Barron


District Attorney

Katelyn E Morris

Desha Elliott

Rhonda Bone

Edward Davis



Renee R. Sturkie


Inspections & Code
Monica Collins

Eben Risper


Mail Room

Delvonta B. Shavers



Timothy Faulks

Jaquesha Hardmon

Delta Outley

Mariel Williams

Talitha Ramsey-Brown


Muscogee County Prison

Lawrence Douglas

Malcom Middlebrook


Oxbow Creek

Stacy L. Horan


Parks & Recreation

Jacob Harrelson

Kierra Alexander

Yolanda Evans

Albertha Smith

Iyona King

Ahkeisha Patterson

Jannie Thomas

Gweniece Cade

Amy Lewis

Allison D. Mason

Luthricia Adams

Larry Epps

Mardarius R Gibson

Detra Lyons

Steven Owens

Adriana Sanders

Neshayla L. Vaughn

Dontavious A. Scott

Beatrice M Smith

Tina Tillman

Huyen Budnik

Rathalnal D. Daniels

Krystyl Hamilton

Kendra Kittrell

Vancie S. Ovdenk

Juana White


Police Department

Jeremy R. Gilmer

Christopher Schneeberger

Jeremy S. Skumautz

Aaron Evrard

Michael Smith

Jerry Yarbrough


Public Works

Felton Rogers

Barbara Ames

Jasper Hoskins

Dennis Woyke

Jamie Segars

Kareem J Gibson

Tiffany M Burns


Sheriff's Office

Edward Dickerson

Paul Morris

Josef Stewart

Staci Alston

Robert Cooper

Marcus Seldon

Corey Culberson


State Court Solicitor

Michelle Huiet


Trade Center

Ryan Bolling

William Price


Stacy L. Horan



Fire Department
Ryan Masterson
Community Schools Site Supervisor

Rad Roberson
Community Schools Site Supervisor


Police Department

Brittany Nichols

Emergency Communication Technician III


Justin Bailey  

Police Corporal   


Ralph Dowe

Police Lieutenant 


Daniel Lyon

Police Sergeant


Mari Menendez

Police Corporal  


Public Works

Laken Brown



Equipment Operator I


Sammy C. Joye

Equipment Operator I


Tavius O'Neal
Heavy Equipment Operator


Harry G. Strickland

Asst Stormwater Manager


Darryl Fogie

Equipment Operator II


David Perryman

Stormwater Crew Supervisor



Sheriff's Office

Zachary Cowan

Deputy Sheriff


Tina Granville

Deputy Sheriff


Byron Harbert



Christopher Jackson     

Deputy Sheriff Technician


Chad E. Maye

Deputy Sheriff


Edward D. Ball

Deputy Sheriff


Christopher Staton       

Deputy Sheriff


Tax Commissioner

Joseph F. Moore           

Tax Clerk II


Traffic Engineering
Dennis K. Thompson 
Traffic Signal Supervisor




Mark Oropeza

Airport Director

26 Years of Service


District Attorney/Child Support Recovery

Michael Hipps

Assistant District Attorney

24 Years of Service


Elections & Registration

William "Andy" Booker, III

Elections Technician

18.5 Years of Service



Wilber "Howell" Cone


21.5 Years of Service


Human Resources

Tom Barron


15 Years of Service


Inspections & Code Enforcement

Rebecca L. Wiggins

Property Maintenance Coordinator

25.5 Years of Service



Police Department

Larry D. Greenlee

Police Officer

32 Years of Service


Public Works

Robert Little

Waste Equipment Operator

17 Years of Service


Larry Taylor

Public Services Supervisor

23.5 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

311 Citylink

Drug Drop Box  
Adopt- A- Spot Program

The ADOPT- A -SPOT Program is a volunteer program which enables individuals, families, civic clubs, garden clubs, businesses, churches, and other organizations to maintain and beautify the City's Public Right Of Way.

Volunteers perform routine maintained such as mowing, weeding, litter removal, landscape plantings, painting, and in some cases minor repairs. You may also choose to donate funds to help pay for maintenance.

The maintenance that you will be asked to do depends on the area you choose to adopt.   Some areas may need planting and weeding so they do not become overgrown. You may also have your own idea of what you would like to do and we can assist you in making that happen.

The best way to find a property to adopt is to look out your window and see if there is a spot you would like to maintain near your home. If you take regular walks, you may see a place that you go by that is just begging for some attention. If you do not see a location that you like, the Public Works department staff can match your time and talents to a location from their list of properties available for adoption.

In recognition of your efforts, the City will place a sign with your name at the adopted site. A city representative will give an orientation before you start work. Caretakers who do not wish to be recognized may remain anonymous.

To be considered as a participant in the Adopt-a-Spot Program, complete the application and e-mail to:, or mail the application to Public Works, 602 11th Ave. Columbus, Georgia 31901.


"Fountain City Mini Cooper Club"


Lakebottom Roundabout

 Adoptaspot application

Adopt a spot release waiver

CCG Employee Service and Safe Driving Awards
CCG Health & Wellness Center Now Taking Appointments
The CCG Health & Wellness Center will officially open Wednesday May 1, 2013.  The Center will provide primary care, pharmacy and some specialty services to active CCG employees, retirees and dependents currently on their health plan.  Call 706- 653-4059 for more information.

CCG Health & Wellness Center  
2000 10th Avenue- Suite 410  
Columbus, GA 31901

Now Taking Appointments 
1-800-920-4185 ext 89

Hours of Operation 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Tuesday, Thursday  
11:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Georgia Cities Week 

Columbus Georgia Officials Celebrate Georgia Cities Week

Georgia Cities Week The Columbus Consolidated Government celebrated "Georgia Cities Week" April 20-27, 2013. This was an opportunity to showcase and celebrate cities and the services they provide to the citizens of Columbus, GA.


The City of Columbus hosted a variety of events throughout the week to draw attention to the positive influence cities have on the quality of life in the community. The following are activities that were hosted during this week:

  • A proclamation was issued by Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson
  • One-hundred and thirty four 6th grade students in our surrounding area participated in the local essay contest, "If I Were Mayor, I Would..."
  • 60 students from the Muscogee County School District toured the city government facilities
  • The Clerk of Council Open House, including a "Who's Who" contest and display of photos of City Council Members
  • 311 magnets and Georgia Cities Stickers were handed out to the public during the entire week of April 20-27, 2013

Tiny B. Washington Earns Master Municipal Clerk CertificationTiny Washington

Our very own Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk (MMC), awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Inc.

The IIMC grants the MMC designation to municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements; and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.


The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, founded in 1947, has 10,300 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries. The mission of IIMC is to enhance the education opportunities and professional development of its diverse membership.


With the lightening fast speed and drastic nature of change these days, lifelong learning is necessary for those in local governments to keep pace with the growing demands and changing needs of it's citizenry. Columbus can take pride in Tiny's educational accomplishments and achievement of this milestone as she dutifully fulfills her role as Columbus Clerk of Council.


Congratulations Tiny!

Worsley Participates in First NRPA Professional Development Video Blog

The National Recreation and Parks Association provides a variety of opportunities for personal development.   Certification, education, conferences and more are available to increase knowledge in the profession. In the NRPA's first video blog, Dr. Worsley gives advice about acting on the knowledge learned and the connections made at a NRPA Congress that he attended. He encourages Parks and Recreation professionals to get involved in the organization at the local and national level. He further gives advice on unlocking your talent toolbox and investing in your own human capital. Watch the blog at

A Tribute to Mothers

Michelle Langley is employed in the Engineering Department. Annette Gore recently retired from the Planning Division. One might have seen them together and assumed they were close friends leisurely walking for exercise or shopping at the mall. They complement each other, and seem so happy spending time together. Many might be surprised to learn that they are Mother and Daughter. As Mother's Day approaches, it's clear that they exemplify why the Day was initiated. Mother's Day's was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia, held a memorial for her mother. She made great efforts to ensure that the holiday included all mothers. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday.    


Michelle described her relationship with her mother as always being very close.

She feels that one reason for this is that as an only child, she has often confided in her mother as she would a best friend. They seldom have disagreements, but occasionally do so because Annette finds it difficult to change. For example, she waited several months before agreeing to change her hair style, but Michelle finally convinced her to do so. Michelle said she celebrates Mother's Day by spending time together. To her, everyday is Mother's Day. After all, she stresses, there isn't enough time in one day to acknowledge mothers and their influence.   
6th Annual Memorial Tribute Held

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 the Columbus Consolidated Government celebrated its 6th annual Memorial Tribute: A Celebration of Life for the city government employees who passed away in 2012. Forty-five (43 Retired and 2 Active) employees were honored for their dedicated service to the citizens of Columbus, GA and to our city government.


This event is sponsored each year by the City Manager's Office.

Pet Corner

June is the American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Cat Month

Pets 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!

  1. If you're thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
  2. Find a cat whose personality compliments yours.
  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
  7. Cat-proof your home.
  8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
  9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family's emergency plan.
  10. 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


For more information or to view adoptable pets in Columbus, please visit the link.


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

($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)

Healthy Recipes

Healthy Banana Applesauce Cookies


3 mashed bananas (ripe)

1/3 cup apple sauce

2 cups oats

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, raisins, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.


Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.


Crazy Crust Pizza


1 cup All-Purpose Flour

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Oregano

1/8 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 cup Egg Beaters

2/3 cup Skim Milk

17 slices Turkey Pepperoni

1 cup Mushrooms, sliced

1 cup Pizza Sauce

1 cup Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

1/4 cup chopped Onions


In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, oregano, pepper, egg beaters and skim milk until smooth. Pour into a greased and dusted pizza pan. Tilt pan so that the batter covers the bottom. Arrange toppings and bake at 425 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle with pizza sauce, sprinkle with cheese and return to oven 10 - 15 minutes.


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 June 15, 2013.    
CCG Employees Only

**Please note that a winner was not selected for March/April 2013 Health Foods Quiz.**

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


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

Upcoming Holidays

flag Mother's Day              May 12th

Armed Forces Day      May 18th

Memorial Day             May 27th

Flag Day                     June 14th

Father's Day               June 16th

Upcoming Community Events
May/June 2013

2nd Annual Firefighter MDA 5K

June 29 - 8:00 am Run/Walk Begins

Sponsored by the Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services

For more information or to register, please visit: or call 706-225-4732

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


Blood Drive

June 27 - 10 am - 3 pm

Give the gift of life!

Sponsored by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office

Plaza Level, Government Center

For more information, please contact 706-653-4017


CCG Speechmasters Club

CCG Speechmasters is a Toastmasters International Club.

Come and experience how to improve your communication and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

Columbus Consolidated Government

East Wing, 2nd Avenue

Learning Center, 2nd Floor

Noon - 1 pm, every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month

Meeting Dates: May 2, May 16, June 6, June 20.

Columbus Lions Arena Football

May 18- 7:30 pm
Vs. Alabama Hammer

Columbus Civic Center


June 2 - 4:00 pm
Vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks

Columbus Civic Center


June 8 - 7:30 pm
Vs. Albany Panthers

Columbus Civic Center    
For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


Denim & Diamonds Concert Denim & Diamonds Concert Presents "The Band Perry"

June 22 - 8:00 pm

The 14th annual Denim & Diamonds Concert will be held at the Columbus Civic Center on June 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM. This year's performers include The Band Perry. All proceeds will benefit Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama.

Columbus Civic Center

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

Quidam by Cirque du SoleilQuidam by Cirque du Solei

May 11           3:30 pm & 7:30 pm

May 12           1:00 pm & 5:00 pm  

8:00 pm

Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. In December 2010, Quidam embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.

Columbus Civic Center

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




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