May is "National Bike Month"
June is "National Safety Month"
May-Jun 2014

In This Issue
Employee Spotlight: Garry Moore
Pet Corner
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
May Is Older Americans Month
Kevin is Ready to RIDE for the Children's Miracle Network
June is the Month for Father's Day
Save Paper, Save Trees, Save The Planet
Workers Compensation Update
2014 Spring Open House and Sale
Columbus Aquatic Center (Indoor Pool)
Columbus Parks and Recreation 2014 Outdoor Pool Season
"LET'S TALK!...with the Mayor"
7th Annual Memorial Tribute
Healthy Recipes
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Employee Spotlight
Garry Moore, Chief Deputy for the Marshal's Office 
Garry Moore


Garry Moore was employed as Chief Deputy for the Marshal's Office on January 1, 2014. He reports to the Marshal, and is directly responsible for day to day operations and oversight of field services; those in which deputies serve papers or have traffic assignments.   Prior to accepting this position, he was a Command Inspector for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Along with two other inspectors, he oversaw supervisors in offices across the state of Georgia, providing criminal investigative assistance.


Garry is a Native of Columbus. He left the area after high school to join the Air Force. Later, he joined the GBI, while remaining with the Air Force Reserve. He felt that he had already served on a national level, GBI was a state level, and with CCG, he's serving on a local level. He graduated with a MPA from Columbus State University, and  

felt destined to return to Columbus. His wife, Dr. M. Cenobia Moore, is an elementary school principal. They are parents of two daughters. One daughter is an educator and another is in college.


In addition to his work with the Marshal's office, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix and teaches classes for CCG. He is an experienced, skilled, and educated leader. He encourages leaders to become more aware of what individual team members can contribute in order for the team to be more effective. His managerial philosophy is as follows: "If a leader treats people fairly and consistently, even though you must be firm, people will follow your leadership."


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

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.
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, please clink in the link below.


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

($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Feb/Mar 2014

New Hires


Cooperative Extension

Julia Cantrell

Mallory Price

Rebecca Haynie


Fire Department

Brett Albritton

Justin Railey

Robert Dutton

Zachary Pevitt


Municipal Court

Dustin Fowler


Muscogee County Prison

Willie Gibson


Parks & Recreation

April Jowers

Chame Thomas

Courtney Maddox

Davian Chester

Demetrius Boulware

Destini Johnson

Edward Carter

Forrest Eyler

Jazmine Scott

Jennifer Craig

Kendranett Jones

Krystle Hunter

Ross Ferguson

Shannon McLemore

Sheldon May

Teachey Stinson

Tyrell Jones


Police Department

Angel Reyes

Canaan Traywick

Jose Machin

Noel Flowers

Victor Ortega


Public Works

Algernon Banks

Andrew Lockett

Curtis Champion

Douglas Fuller

Jeffery Williams

Jimmy Walton

Joe Hopkins

Lawrence Smith

Louis Willis

Tremayne Payne

Sheriff's Office

Brandan Johnson

Christophe Herrington

Claudia Vilaire-White

Dennis Gribbins

Emily Stangle

Eric Boswell

Gregory Foster

Gypsy Toole

Jerald Johnson

Justin Griffin

Kasey Culverson

Nemuel Santiago

Patrick Butler

Phillip Clark


Trade Center

Bardrick McConnico

Ceylon Hollis

Kaitlyn Cross



Annetta Finch

Kymberly Hardaway

Vincent Mitchell




Public Works

Brandy Gamblin          

Equipment Operator I


Daniel Wehr                 

Equipment Operator III


Jajaune F Jackson        Maintenance Worker I


Robert Cooper                        Waste Collection Worker

Sheriff's Office

C. E. Pickett                

Sergeant Ad


Christophe Herrington   

Deputy Sheriff


Corey Culberson           

Deputy Sheriff


Donna Tompkins           

Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant M.


Jerald Gilliland              

Deputy Sheriff


Kimberly A White        

Sheriff Correction Officer


Lisa Williams                

Sergeant Bd


Stephanie Liston         Administrative Clerk I


State Court Solicitor

David Ranieri               

State Assistant Solicitor General





Columbus Convention & Trade Center

Edward Cobb

Events Attendant I

7 Years of Service



Eddie L Anderson

Bus Operator

7 Years of Service


Newsletter Archives
Check out our archive section for previous editions here


Newsletter Staff

Jackie Goodwin 

Vickie Hughes 

Iris Jessie   

Rosana Juestel

Donnie Kent

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Cindy Ware
Sofia White


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May Is Older Americans Month

Seniors President John F. Kennedy was the first U.S. President to focus on the needs of older Americans 65 years of age and older. His first action was to meet with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens in April, 1963. This meeting began an effort by many federal, state and local agencies to understand the needs of senior citizens as well as their important place in their families and communities. He later designated May as Senior Citizens Month.

President Jimmy Carter continued to focus on older Americans but changed Senior Citizens Month to Older Americans Month in 1980. The celebration is still held in May of each year.

This year's theme is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow". It focuses on injury prevention and safety by encouraging older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

If you know of older Americans who live in unsafe environments and can use help with minor improvements to eliminate safety hazards, please be kind enough to offer your individual assistance or that of your social or civic organization. What can you do? I'm very glad that you asked. I've prepared a list for you:

  • Trim overgrown hedges to remove hiding places for would be burglars.
  • Change blown light bulbs.
  • Change the batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Install smoke detectors if there are none.
  • Nail down loose floor boards and thresholds.
  • Check for gas leaks.
  • Install railings in areas that need them.

These are very low-cost improvements that can be made in a short time period. Volunteer to help an older American. Who knows, if you are fortunate to become an older American, someone may help YOU!  


Kevin is Ready to RIDE for the Children's Miracle Network

Kevin Simms

Kevin Simms, a CCG Inspections and Code Plans Examiner, and 15 other Miracle Riders will be leaving Columbus this Friday, May 2nd to ride through all 48 lower states in 21 days to raise money for Children's Miracle Network in Columbus, Georgia. They will return on Friday, May 23rd. Scott Ressmeyer, who launched the initial cross-country event in 2009, Kevin and the Miracle Riders have pledged to raise $1 million over the course of the Ride's span.  


If you want to donate please visit


Miracle Network Kevin and his Harley are participating with the Ride for Miracles for the 2nd year. For those of you who know him, riding his bike is one of his favorite activities. Kevin said "I'm fortunate to be able to have fun riding my Harley and donate to such a worthy cause at the same time!"  


You can follow Kevin and the other riders and read about their experiences at Check in each day of the ride for new posts, pictures and videos! Tune in to WTVM and PMB Broadcasting stations for live updates throughout the ride from Scott and the Miracle Riders.


Kevin Simms is making MIRACLES.


June is the Month for Father's Day

As with many modern day observances, the inspiration to hold a day of honor for fathers, "Father's Day", began as an outgrowth of events. One of the more memorable events was the Mother's Day tradition that began in the first decade of the 20th century. A second event, the death of a large group of men (some fathers in a mining accident in 1907 in Monongah, West Virginia), caused many to seek a more lasting tribute to the fathers in society. A memorial for those who died was held in 1908. Last, but not least, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd felt such love and admiration for her father for raising her and her five siblings after the death of their mother that she believed a day to honor fathers, similar to Mother's Day, should be designated. Ms. Dodd knew that it was highly uncommon for a father to take on the responsibility of raising his children after losing his wife. At her insistence, the first Father's Day was celebrated in June 1910. President Nixon recognized Father's Day as an official holiday in 1972.


Give your father, your pops, your dad, or old man a hug and a kiss everyday, but especially the third Sunday in June.


Save Paper, Save Trees, Save The Planet

We all can do more to save the planet. No, you don't have to chain yourselves to a tree or ride your bike to your next vacation! You can do something as simple as recycling paper that has printing on only one side. When you have large documents that you will only use in the office you can print on the unused side of the paper. Remember the last report you had to do for the members of your board five years ago? You printed 20 copies but only distributed 5. Dig out the other 15 and use them or turn them in to the Print Shop. Many departments purchase "used" paper from the Print Shop instead of using expensive printer paper for projects that won't be seen by the public.


Have you been hoarding inter-office envelops? Do you have so many that you can't possibly use them all?   If so, now is a great time to take them to the Mailroom for redistribution.




Workers Compensation Update

As many of you know, we switched providers for our workers' compensation claims on March 1. Considering how big a change this was we have had relatively few glitches, and we really appreciate all of you for making this such a success!


A couple of reminders:


  1. We now have NIGHT and WEEKEND coverage. If you need to see someone for an on-the-job injury that occurs while you are at work after 5 pm or on a Saturday, you can seek attention at any of the urgent care facilities in the AmeriSys network. A list of the urgent care facilities in that network has been provided to all departments and supervisors. Included in the list are Occupational Medicine, ACE and Concentra.
  2. If you need immediate care, that takes priority. However, you or your supervisor should call 1-800-444-9098 to report any off-hours injury. Please note that you must press 1 in order to speak to a nurse case manager once the call is picked up. If you do not do this you will be put through to voice mail.
  3. Everyone should have a wallet card that lists the name of our workers' compensation services provider and how prescriptions are handled under the new system. If you do not have a wallet card please talk to your department's administrative person and request one. That card should be shown to anyone providing you care or medication so that all bills and invoices are sent to the right place and not to you!
  4. Within a day or so of reporting an injury you will receive a call from the nurse case manager who has been assigned to work exclusively on CCG claims. She will help answer any questions you may have and may also have some suggestions about further treatment.


Thank you, and PLEASE KEEP SAFE!


workers comp  

2014 Spring Open House and Sale  


art To see all classes go to... 


 Register by contacting Britt David Studio for all classes with any staff at:

(706) 653-4196 
Britt David Cultural Arts Studio 
2700 W. Britt David Rd.  
Columbus, GA 31909



Stop by Britt David, call, mail us, or email


All city employees and immediate family receive a 20% discount on all classes.


Columbus Aquatic Center (Indoor Pool)


Aquatic Center The Columbus Aquatic Center is an indoor swimming facility open year round to the public. Memberships are available in 3 month, 6 month, and 1 year options for the public (Muscogee County residents receive a discounted rate). The Columbus Aquatic Center offers its own selection of courses for swimming and more.  


Click here for more information. 



Columbus Aquatic Center

1603 Midtown Dr.

Columbus, GA 31909

(706) 225-3980


Columbus Parks and Recreation 2014 Outdoor Pool Season


Opening Day - May 28, 2014


Pool Hours - Wednesday - Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

                        Saturday - Sunday - 11:00 am - 7:30 pm


Pool Locations

            Double Churches Pool - 2300 Double Churches Road

            Psalmond Road Pool - 6550 Psalmond Road

            Shirley Winston Pool - 5033 Steam Mill Road

            Rigdon Park Pool - 1600 Howe Avenue  



"LET'S TALK!...with the Mayor" 

 let's talk with the Mayor"Let's Talk!...with the Mayor" is a public forum that is held in conjunction with community partners, such as civic groups and neighborhood associations. The purpose of the forum is to provide a current status of the city, as well as provide an opportunity for citizens to come together and discuss their concerns. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, City Manager Isaiah Hugley, administrative officials, city department and public safety representatives will be in attendance. This meeting is open to the public and will be filmed for later broadcast on Columbus Consolidated Government Television Network.


The 2014 calendar for "Let's Talk!...with the Mayor" is as follows:







June 19

6:00 PM -

7:30 PM

       Salvation Army Worship & Community Center               
5201 Warm Springs Road


September 18

6:00 PM -

7:30 PM

Comer Gym

107 41st Street  


December 11

6:00 PM -

7:30 PM

Shirley Winston Gym

5033 Steam Mill Road

If you missed the previous "Let's Talk with the Mayor", the video can be watched on-line on CCG-TV's website:  


7th Annual Memorial Tribute Celebrated


Tribute On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 the Columbus Consolidated Government celebrated its 7th Annual Memorial Tribute: A Celebration of Life for the city government employees and their families that passed away in 2013. Forty-three (38 Retired and 5 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



Healthy Recipes


Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Butter 

potatoes 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled

3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled

2 Tbsp canola oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Cut Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes into 1/8 inch slices; toss with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Divide between two greased        15 X 10 X 1 baking pans. Roast at 425 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until tender.


Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and thyme; cook and stir for 1 minute. Transfer the roasted potatoes to a large bowl. Drizzle with the butter mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheeses, and then serve.


Lemon Blackberry Parfaits

parfaits 3 eggs

1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided

3/4 cup lemon juice

1 Tbsp grated lemon peel

2 Tbsp butter

4 oz fat-free cream cheese

1 cup plus 6 Tbsp reduced-fat whipped topping, divided

3 cups fresh blackberries

3 whole graham crackers, crushed


In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, whish the eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel until blended. Add the butter; cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to a small bowl; cool. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in the lemon mixture and 1 cup whipped topping. Spoon half of the cream cheese mixture into six parfait glasses. Top with half of the blackberries and half of the cracker crumbs. Repeat the layers. Top with the remaining whipped topping. Serve immediately.

What's Your Nutritional IQ?

Healthy Food Quiz  

Test your Food IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a $5 gift card to Subway! All questions must be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Send your answers to by June 11, 2014.    

CCG Employees Only  


1.Trans fats are good for your health


a. True  b. False


2.  Cooking food often transforms its chemical make-up 

a. True  b. False

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


a. True  b. False

4. Green leafy vegetables are another good source of iron. 

a. True  b. False

5. Kosher salt and sea salt are low-sodium alternatives to salt. 


a. True  b. False  

March/April 2014 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Deborah Crumbley, Human Resources Department

Answers to the March/April 2014 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.B; 2.B; 3.B; 4.A; 5.B     



Upcoming Community Events
May/Jun 2014


Columbus Lions Arena Football

May 31 - 7:00 pm 

Vs. Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks

Columbus Civic Center


June 7 - 7:00 pm 

Vs. Alabama Hammer

Columbus Civic Center


June 14 - 4:00 pm 

Vs. Nashville Venom

Columbus Civic Center


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



Offerings at the Columbus Aquatic Center

Swim Lessons

May 5-30

Water Babies Mon/Wed         9:30 am - 10:00 am     (ages 6 months - 3 years)

The following classes are available Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs

Tiny Tots (ages 4-5)    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Level 1 & 2    (ages 6-13)      5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Level 3 & 4     (ages 6-13)      6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Adult Levels 1 & 2     (ages 14 and up)          7:00 pm - 7:45 pm


Aqua Fit & Tone

May 6 - 29    Registration Deadline: May 4

June 3 - 26     Registration: May 19- June 1

8:00 am - 8:45 pm

Tuesday & Thursday


Water Walking

May 5 - 30     Registration Deadline- May 4

June 2 - 27     Registration: May 19 - May 4

8:00 am - 8:45 pm

Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday


Dive-In Movie Night

May 2Dolphin Tale

June 6 Disney Teen Beach Movie

All movies start at 6:00 pm.


For more information, please call the Columbus Aquatic Center at 706-225-3980 or visit


Columbus Parks & Recreation 2014 Outdoor Pool Season

Opening Day May 28

Pool Hours      Wed-Fri           12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

                        Sat-Sun           11:00 am - 7:30 pm

Pool Locations: Double Churches Pool, Psalmond Road Pool, Shirley Winston  

Pool,and Rigdon Road Pool.


For more information, please visit


12th Annual Pistol Match

May 3

Match Starts: 10:00 am

Range Open: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is charity event that will benefit Georgia Special Olympics. Hosted & Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department

Police Pistol Range on Cusseta Road

For more information, please call Sgt. Donald Bush (706) 653-3173 or Annalisa Shelling (706) 225-4132


bike2workMay is Bike to Work Day

May 9 - 6:00 pm

Join Mayor Teresa Tomlinson as she closes Bicycle Week and Bike to Work Day in Uptown Columbus. Ride will be police escorted. Helmets required. Bicycles are available for rent at Ride on Bikes. The route will begin and end at Woodruff Park, Uptown Columbus -

5 mile route.   

Woodruff Park

For more information, please call Julio Portillo or Charlotte Davis at (706) 256-2910.


2014 Spring Open House & Sale

May 10 - 9 am - 4:00 pm

Featuring beautiful handcrafted pottery by members of the Britt David Pottery Studio. Sales will continue through the end of May. Cultural Art's Summer Classes will start May 1, 2014. To see all classes, go to

Britt David Cultural Arts Studio

For more information, please call (706) 653-4196 or email


Sesame Street Live- Can't Stop Singing

sesame s May 14 - 2:30 pm & 6:00 pm

When Elmo casts a spell with Abby Cadabby's magic wand, there's something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! What will children learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!

Columbus Civic Center

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


Golf Tournament

May 16 - 12:30 pm

This is charity event that will benefit Georgia Special Olympics. Hosted & Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department

Bull Creek Golf Course

For more information, please call (706) 653-3173.


Isley The Isley Brothers

May 16 - 8:00 pm

The Isley Brothers and Eddie Levert are coming to the Columbus Civic Center for a night of feel-good music.

Columbus Civic Center

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


Senior Wellness Walk & Picnic

May 22 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration Starts- May 21 at any of the (4) Senior Centers

May is Older Americans Month. In celebration of this special month, Columbus Parks & Recreation's Senior Section will host a Senior Wellness Walk.

Cooper Creek Park

For more information, please visit


Special Olympics Torch Rum

May 28 - 9:30 am

This is charity event that will benefit Georgia Special Olympics. Hosted & Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department

Public Safety Building-Community Room

For more information, please call (706) 653-3173 or Deborah Whitley (706) 225-4108.


Denim & Diamonds with Justin Moore

June 28 - 8:00 pm

This year's performers include Justin Moore with special guest Josh Thompson. All proceeds will benefit Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama.

Columbus Civic Center

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


Blood Drive

June 26 - 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 


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