August is "Happiness Happens Month"
August 2012
In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Columbus and Phenix City Officials Unite
I Voted!
City Recognized for Support of Guard and Reserve
2012 CCG Cookbook
Healthy Recipe
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Quenton Hayes
Employee Spotlight

Quenton Hayes is a Correctional Detail Officer with the Rainwater Division. He supervises inmates as they perform outside tasks such as digging ditches and building retaining walls. When he began working with the city in 2008, he supervised inmates working inside. Whether work is done inside or outside, he encourages them to be respectful, follow the rules, and do quality work.


Citizens have been known to call in to recognize Quenton for his performance. In May, he received a letter of commendation from the Warden for having been most compliant during a detail check as required by the Georgia Department of Corrections Audits and Compliance Division. The letter referred to his "dedication, pride and commitment to properly supervising the inmates . . ."


Quenton decided to work with Corrections because he wanted to make a difference. He is grateful that not only is he accomplishing this but is also being recognized for it. When he isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his family.


Greg Coates
Inspections & Codes Director
Greg Coates

Greg Coates was confirmed as the new Director of Inspections and Codes on Tuesday, July 10. He is responsible for directing the inspections program relative to construction, alteration, and demolition of buildings and structures and   evaluation of plans and specifications for building permits to ensure conformity with codes and ordinances.


His first experience in the building industry was as Assistant Building Inspector in Americus Georgia. In 1998, he relocated to Columbus, where he was hired as Housing/Building Inspector. He progressed to Plans Examiner, gained managerial experience as Civic Center Operations Manager, and returned as Plans Examiner at the request of the Department Director. After the Director's retirement, he served as Interim Director.  


Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Mercer University. His earlier work experience was as educator and counselor. Although his professional focus later changed to the building industry, he continues to work with youth by volunteering time at YMCAs and local youth organizations. He and his wife, Wanda, are the parents of two sons, Greg Jr. and Tevin. Greg is also involved in coaching and other activities with them. His philosophy is "Treat people the way that you want to be treated and try to protect anyone that's weaker than you."
William Haden
A Hero Among Us!
Billy Haden 

Billy Haden, Parks and Recreation employee, was on 13th Street on a sunny morning in mid July and witnessed a vehicle on fire that belonged to a female motorist. He stopped his vehicle to assist by extinguishing the fire immediately, and we are told the fire was very heavy. We extend a huge "Thank You" to Mr. Hayden for going 'above and beyond' to assist a fellow citizen in need. "We are very proud of him!!" said Deputy City Manager, Lisa Goodwin.


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
June 2012

New Hires

Cooperative Extension

Ashley M Copeland

Yvonne Himes

Cecilia Vazquez


Human Resources

Natasha Manso


Judge of Probate

James M Dillon


Muscogee County Prison

Darron Perry



Parks & Recreation

Alesander Y Asante-Dean

Regina Banks

Jasmine King

Antjuan Smith

Tavarus Talley

Desmond Burke

Vernessa Clemons

Jacqueline Doner

Lyndsey Graddick

Patricia Huff

Mia Frederick

Joshua Goodson

Joi Iverson

Klrissa Maddox

Jacory Neal

Shanet Goodwin

Charles Jackson


Police Department

Richard G Canfield

Christophe Pepper

Jacob Siter

Michael Balauitan

Vernon Loosier

Julie Ables

Monica Atkins

Grace Eden

Jennifer Hill


Public Services

Danny Harper

Corey King

Omar Haddock


Recorders Court
Julius Hunter


Sheriff's Office

Michael A Shorter

Stephanie Liston

Stephen Wyatt

James Bobo



Oliver Fuller

Michael Watson




Police Department

Susan M Maka Emergency Communication Technician III


Public Services

Steven Johnson  

Maintenance Worker III


Trade Center

David Bevans  

Executive Director




Muscogee County Prison

Jules Hazen

Senior Corrections Officer/G13

12.5 Years


Public Services

Andrew Hudson

Maintenance Worker I/G07

36 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.
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Columbus and Phenix City Officials Unite
A Community United for Economic Development

community united  
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I Voted

The department has joined the electronic age! We have installed a new program that should make voting easier and cut down on mistakes. We can scan your driver's license, which brings up your information on the computer screen and the information is then populated on the page effortlessly.


Please be aware that just because you voted for a specific party during the Presidential Preference Primary, you can vote the opposite party or Nonpartisan on July 31st (if you vote Nonpartisan you will be voting for Judges, City Council or the Muscogee County School Board). On November 6th, you can vote whichever party you desire.


Please visit our website  as the votes come in because you will be able to see them live! The totals will update every 20 seconds - just hit the refresh option on your computer periodically!


Please come to our office and pick up a brochure, which will give you additional information about voting!

Advance/Early Voting - October 15 - November 2, 2012

100 10th Street - Ground Floor

West Wing

Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00 pm


3679 Steam Mill Road

Monday - Friday

9:30-6:00 pm



727 54th Street

Monday - Friday -8:00-4:30 pm



3000 Macon Road

Monday - Thursday 10:30-7:00 pm

Friday 10:00-4:00 pm


Saturday, October 20th and October 27th from 10:00-4:00 pm


All Precincts will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm - July 31st and

November 6th

Please call us at 706-653-4392

with any questions or concerns!


City Recognized for Support of Guard and Reserve
Freedom Award Nominee

2012 CCG Cookbook

Looking for Your Favorite Recipes 

Cookbook The Cookbook Committee is collecting recipes for a new CCG cookbook. Please submit your favorite recipe or ones that have been passed down in your family for generations. You may add a brief history of the recipe, but please make it teaspoon size.


The deadline for submitting your recipe is Saturday, September 15. The cookbook will be ready for print in October and will go on sale before Thanksgiving. As with the last cookbook, all proceeds will go to CCG employee events/activities.


Please send recipes via interoffice or email to:

Norma Ausburn: Engineering Department or


Call for more information: 706-225-3966.

Healthy Recipe

Banana Split Pie  (A Lighter Version)


Banana Sptil Pie
Banana Split Pie

3 cups light vanilla ice cream

1 ½ cups sliced strawberries

2 cups fat-free whipped topping, thawed

1 sugar-free chocolate pudding snack

2 bananas, sliced

2 tablespoons light chocolate syrup

1 tablespoon crushed dry-roasted peanuts

8 maraschino cherries 


Set out all ingredients so ice cream doesn't melt too much once you start assembling. Once slightly softened, spread ice cream evenly into bottom of a large pie pan. Evenly place strawberry slices flat on top, pressing down lightly to adhere to ice cream. Put thawed whipped topping in a bowl. Add pudding (a 60-calorie, sugar-free snack cup) and mix thoroughly in the topping. Spread pudding/topping mixture in a smooth layer over strawberries. Evenly place banana slices flat over this layer, and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Sprinkle with nuts then place cherries on top of the pie. Freeze for at least 4 hours until completely firm. Allow the pie to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before cutting into 8 slices. For an even lighter pie, use sugar-free ice cream and whipped topping. PER SERVING: 172 calories; 3.5g fat; 73mg sodium; 33 carbs; 19.5g sugar.  

Healthy Food Quiz

Test your Diet IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a Prize

Test your Diet IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a Prize. All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to by August 15, 2012.   
CCG Employees Only


Test 1. Which is famous for its cancer-fighting benefits?

     a. Broccoli or b. Asparagus


2. Lycopene is a powerhouse nutrient found in:

     a. Tomatoes; b. Watermelon; c. Red grapefruit; d. All of the previous


3. Which is considered a superfood because it outranks nearly every fruit and vegetable in vitamin C and fiber?

     a. White grapes or b. Cranberries


4. Which fish is famous for helping lower the risk of heart disease?

     a. Cod or b. Salmon


5. Which is a cancer-fighting superfood?

     a. Spinach or b. Cabbage


Winner of July's 2012 Health Foods Quiz- Max Patrick, Tax Commissioner's Office 

Answers for July's 2012 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1. C; 2. A; 3. B; 4. B; 5. A    

Upcoming Community Events

6th Annual Senior Summer Fest 2012

August 1  - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm   

Columbus Civic Center

All Seniors are invited to enjoy a morning of refreshments, free information about Senior Services, Activities, Prizes, Entertainment and More! Sponsored by S.A.L.T (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together)

For more information, call 706-225-4132, 706-323-7243, or 706-256-2917


swiming FREE Swim Clinic

August 3  

1st Session: 10:00 am - 11:00 am  

2nd Session: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Psalmond Road Pool

Participants must be between the ages of 4-18 years of age. Registration is required to participate. Sponsored by the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department and the Columbus Hurricanes.

For more information, call Travis Landrum at 706-225-4657 or visit


Night Out 29th Annual Night Out Against Crime

August 7 - Starting at 5 pm

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, please contact Corporal Randy Brown or Officer Deborah Whitley at 706-653-3173.


Annual National Night Out

Empty Bowl Decorating

August 7 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Britt David Cultural Arts Studio

Give back to the community by decorating an Empty Bowl. The bowls will be sold at the Empty Bowl Event on March 3, 2013 with the proceeds going to Kid's Café. Each decorated bowl helps to feed 25 children. Sponsored by the Cultural Arts Studio and Therapeutic Recreation Services.

For more information, please contact Lisa Castile at 706-653-4196.


derby Columbus Roller Derby League

Vs. Mobile Derby Darlins

August 18 - 7:30 pm 

Columbus Civic Center

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


Fall Into Gardening

Gardening Are you new to gardening and unsure where to begin? Don't worry too much; unbeknownst to many people starting an ornamental or vegetable garden is not as difficult as it seems. You only need to follow a few simple guidelines in order to become successful with your gardening efforts! Sponsored by Cooperative Extension.

Cost: $40 for entire series

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Columbus Botanical Gardens on Weems Road

Registration is required. Hurry sessions fill up quickly!!

September 6    Grass 101

September 13 Veggies 101

September 20  Bugs 101

September 27  Flowers 101

For more information, please contact 706-327-8400

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