September is "National Food Safety Month"
October is "National Breast Cancer Awareness Month"
Sept.-Oct. 2014

In This Issue
Employee Spotlight: Warner Kennon
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Disabilities Awareness Day
Let's Talk With The Mayor
CCG Holds Annual United Way Kick-Off Breakfast
CCG Leadership Development Program Update
Retirement: How Much Is Enough?
Columbus Day
Veteran's Day
Employee Recognition Program Winners
Pet Corner
Healthy Recipes
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Employee Spotlight
Warner Kennon, Jr.
Assistant Solicitor General

Warner Kennon, Jr. was employed as an Assistant Solicitor General on August 18, 2014. In this capacity, he will be an attorney responsible for prosecuting misdemeanors. Mr. Kennon earned a B.A. degree from Davidson College and is a recent graduate of Mercer Law School. Before beginning his legal studies, he taught English for a year in France. During law school, he worked for a federal appellate judge and served on the Mock Trial Team and the Honor Council. He feels that all of these experiences prepared him for his current position.


Mr. Kennon's father is the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. His great- grandfather and grandfather were lawyers as well. Growing up around a number of attorneys, it seemed that he, too, was destined to become a lawyer. A native Columbusite, he is excited to have returned to Columbus. He hopes to give back to the community, and help people through his work. In his spare time, he plays guitar and is an avid runner.

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


Clerk of Municipal Court

Keiana Jones
Tori K Tisdale

Clerk of Superior Court

Alston E Waldrip

Adam S King

Amber J Upshaw  

Community Development

Stephen E Fincher  

Cooperative Extension

Jennifer L Winnie      


Douglas L Allen

Sandra P Neufeldt      


Kaitlan R Couto              

Citizen Service Center/Mail Room

Albert L Jones


Wanda C Wakefield

Muscogee County Prison

David Rodriguez

Sylvester Parker

Trevor D Thornton        

Aaron Whitaker

Parks & Recreations

Jasmine L Bryant                  

Police Department

Demetrius Battle

Misty D Boyette

Julius A Carver      

Brent E Kimbell

Brandon N Lee      

Clayton D Watkins

Tracey N Corbitt      

David J Fisher

Kristen I Foxworth

Kawand D Hodges

Joedave Roberson

Kevin L Williford

Bryan J Willis

Probate Court

Kimawana L Montgomery      

Public Works

Todd J Henderson

William M Bailey

Ricky L Harris

Victor James

Rachel Masenburge            

Deja R Vaughn

Dwayne Wright            

Nathanial Eelbeck

Gregory J Harris

Tyson S Mason  

Karen L Callahan

Christophe G Smoot      

Otis L Adams

Angel F Lindsey

Andrea Smalls-Moore

Dustin S Graham      

Ricky M Rabion                         

Sheriff's Office

Kelsey R Copeland      

James L Dunnavant

Thomas J Hutto      

Gary M Lewis        

David H Stanford      

Superior Court

Alston E Waldrip



Muscogee County Prison

Zachary J Harbuck                  Corrections Sergeant

Charles E Mason                     Correctional Lt.


Parks & Recreation

Samuel J Lee

Site Supervisor



Police Department

Adrian J Sellers                      Emergency Communication Technician II


Public Works

Jarrad T Clark                         F/MT SPV Plumber

Timothy W Floyd                   Equipment Operator III

Terrance Hobbs                       Equipment Operator III                                                         

Jamie L Segars                        Heavy Equipment Operator

Anthony C Watts                    Equipment Operator Crew Leader


Sheriff's Office

Kasey L Culverson                           Deputy Sheriff

Chad A Cunningham
Deputy Sheriff

Alex A Gonsalves                   Deputy Sheriff

Walter C Kinney                     Deputy Sheriff

Steven M Mcdowell              Sergeant

Tony A Newton                      Deputy Sheriff FTO

Claudia Vilaire-White           Deputy Sheriff



Adult Probation Enforcement

Debra Densmore

Child Support Enforcement Mgr

18.5 Years of Service


Columbus Police Dept

William Rios LeBron

Police Corporal

26.5 Years of Service


Ellis J Stephens

Police Corporal

30.5 Years of Service



Ronald S Hamlett

Traffic Engineering Manager

39.5 Years of Service


Public Works

Robert Odom


19.5 Years of Service

Newsletter Archives
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Newsletter Staff

Jackie Goodwin 

Vickie Hughes 

Iris Jessie   

Donnie Kent

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Cindy Ware
Sofia White


Suggestion Box
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Disabilities Awareness Day


The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities hosted its 42ndAnnual Disabilities Awareness Day & Mayoral Awards on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Columbus Civic Center. This event showcases the outstanding achievements of people with disabilities in our community and recognizes those who help strive to raise awareness and advocate to help make Columbus a better place to live, work and play.

The honorable Mayor Teresa Tomlinson presented awards of recognition for the following: Employer of the Year Award, Youth Award, Dr. Frances M. Duncan Award, Aurtherene Lee Person of the Year Award, Exceptional Service Award, Educator of the Year Award, and Committee Member of the Year Award. The 2014 Mayoral Award Recipients are listed below.


Exceptional Service Awards

Kathy Carlisle

Judge Marc D'Antonio

Herbert Dudley

Paula Dukes

Jeremy Hobbs

Juanita Hubbard

Robert Idahosa

Keri Lara

Jay O'Neal

Power Works


MCPD Committee Member of the Year

Paul Workman


Youth Advocacy Leadership Award

Justin Malone


Educator of the Year Award

Dr. Jeanine Wert


Autherene Lee Person of the Year

Carla Floyd


Dr. Francis M. Duncan Award

Lavern Bryd


Employer of the Year Award

Bobby Dodd Institute


Employee of the Year Award

 Sandy Waldschlarger 

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 

Let's Talk With The Mayor 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Comer Gym 
107 4th Street 

Columbus Consolidated Government Holds Annual United Way Kick-Off Breakfast


Columbus Consolidated Government department heads, city management and officials of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the Columbus Trade and Convention Center on Thursday, August 28, 2014 and officially began the CCG 2014 United Way Campaign.


Isaiah Hugley, Columbus City Manager, issued a challenge to those present to continue their support of the United Way by pledging to raise $170,000 during this year's campaign. City Manager Hugley stated "Your support last year was outstanding. CCG employees donated $169,000 to the agencies of the United Way. I know that we can meet or exceed this year's goal of $170,000."


The theme this year is "Anyone Can Be a Hero". The campaign ends on October 31, 2014 but departments are urged to complete their campaigns before that date if possible.  


The following departments exceeded their goals:

  • Bull Creek Golf Course 
  • City Council
  • City Manager's Office
  • Civic Center
  • Clerk of the Council
  • Clerk of Municipal Court
  • Columbus Convention & Trade Center
  • Community Reinvestment
  • Coroner's Office
  • Elections & Registration
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Fire/EMS
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Inspections & Code Enforcement
  • Job Training (WIA)
  • Marshal's Office
  • METRA 
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Planning
  • Police Department
  • Public Works
  • Tax Assessors
  • Tax Commissioner
CCG Leadership Development Program Update



The application deadline for the CCG Leadership Development Program was August 27, 2014. Acceptance letters will be mailed out on September 3, 2014.  


The Welcome Reception for program participants is scheduled for September 18, 2014.


Thank you to all of the individuals who submitted an application. If you were not selected for the inaugural class, please reapply when it is offered again.


Retirement: How Much Is Enough?  

Deciding how much you need to save for retirement can seem confusing, but you can make it simpler by starting with these questions: What age do I want to retire? How much annual income will I need for the lifestyle I want? What is the current market value of my savings and investments? How much will I need for future health expenses? Answering these questions will give you a reasonable estimate of how much you'll need for those golden years. There are online financial planning tools and calculators to help you get started. And it's important to get started saving.


How will you pay for retirement?

Social Security won't be enough to fund your retirement so start saving now in your employer's retirement savings plan. Get an estimate of your monthly Social Security benefits at, then, estimate the monthly income you'll want in retirement. Once you know the difference between these figures you'll have a good idea of how much you need to save. Saving before taxes with your employer's plan, an individual retirement account or investing in an annuity (or a combination of all) will help keep you on target for the financial stability you want during retirement.


Manage your retirement income now. Don't wait.

Your nest egg is for your retirement. Don't wait to begin managing your savings. Annually review your retirement income plan to help ensure the investments are in line with your goals and time frame. You can invest in stocks and mutual funds for the growth opportunities, but the closer you get to retirement you may want to consider a more conservative approach. Your financial advisor can help. Finally, stay invested and keep saving. No one can predict the future, so managing what you have now will help keep it growing.


Tips for staying on target for retirement

Saving for your financial security has to become a habit. Start saving and keep saving. To make it easier, you can set up automatic direct deposits to your retirement savings plan, savings account and other investment accounts. Set goals and stick to them. If you get a bonus or raise, consider putting it into savings or making an additional retirement account contribution. Cut out as much debt as possible, especially high interest credit card debt. Most important: don't touch that retirement savings. You'll lose principal and interest and maybe even some tax benefits if you withdraw early.


Want to learn more? Call your VALIC financial advisor, Chris Bone at 706-969-3935 or email at


Securities and investment advisory services are offered by VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc., member FINRA and an SEC-registered investment advisor.


VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company.


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Columbus Day  

Monday, October 13, we celebrate Columbus Day. It became an official federal holiday in the United States in 1937 under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.   It is recognized as the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, which occurred October 12, 1492.


Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. His father was a wool-weaver and his mother was the daughter of a weaver. One might have expected him to be a weaver as well, but he chose to voyage into unknown waters. He sailed for five months. Despite mutinies, disease, and other obstacles, he didn't give up until he reached land. In this age of GPS and other navigation devices, it may be difficult to grasp the importance of Columbus, a man guided largely by his determination. However, we can certainly celebrate his spirit.


There are thirty-one cities (other than our city of Columbus) with the name of Columbus.


Veteran's Day  

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed "Armistice Day" for November 11, 1919, the anniversary of an Armistice having been established with Germany in 1918.       An armistice is a truce preliminary to signing of a peace treaty. It signified the end of World War I. In 1954, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans", and it has been known as Veterans Day since.


Each person enlisting in the armed forces takes an oath. An excerpt from it is as follows: "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . ." Even though America may be experiencing peace and prosperity, there is turmoil somewhere. Members of the Armed Forces are willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary in order to protect America and its Constitution whether here or abroad.   Therefore, we appreciate the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces everyday, but Veterans Day is the official holiday that has been set aside to honor them.


The Columbus Consolidated Government is very proud to have many veterans working to protect us, deliver services and serve as elected officials.   If you know a veteran please take the time to thank them for their service.

Employee Recognition Program Winners 

2nd Quarter 2014 Winners 

Individual Excellence Award Winner

Robert Smith, District Attorney's Office

2nd Quarter 2014 PEER Award Winners
Alina Phillips, Planning Department
Dennis Woyke, Public Works
Jackie Holland, IT
Michael Farley, Marshall's Office
Sharonica Williams, Tax Commissioner's Office


Pet Corner

October is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month 

What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?

There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world! That's why during American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month celebration, we're encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.

 Are you looking for?

  • an exercise buddy?
  • a best friend and confidant for your child?
  • a dog you can train with to learn animal-assisted therapy?
  • a partner in agility competitions?
  • a constant companion for your favorite senior citizen?
  • a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work?

An adopted dog can be all these things -- and so much more!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality -- all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you prefer a particular breed that isn't currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you. Contact your local animal shelter & find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to your life!!  


Columbus Animal Care & Control Center at 706-653-4512  


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

($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)


Healthy Recipes


Stuffed Flounder


2 Cups Fresh Mushrooms, chopped

1 Cup Green Onions, chopped

2 Each Garlic Cloves, minced

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4tsp Thyme

1/4 tsp Pepper

4 tsp Olive Oil, divided

3 Tbsp Plain Bread Crumbs

4 Each Flounder Fillets (6 oz each)

2 tsp Lemon Juice

2 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped (Optional)


Directions: In a nonstick skillet, saute the mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt, thyme and pepper in 2 tsp olive oil until tender. Stir in bread crumbs, remove from heat.


Sprinkle fillets with lemon juice; spread evenly with the vegetable mixture and roll up. Place seam side down in an 11 X 7 X 2 baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Brush with remaining oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.


Banana Split Pie


Graham Cracker Crust:

1-1/2 Cups Crushed reduced fat graham crackers (8 full-sized crackers)

2 Tbsp Sugar

1-1/2 Tbsp Liquid Butter Buds



Combine all ingredients and press into a 9-inch pie pan that has been sprayed with non-fat cooking spray.

(Option: Purchase one ready-made reduced fat graham cracker pie crust)



2 Bananas, sliced

1 Quart Vanilla non-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream

1/2 Jar lite fudge topping

1 Cup crushed pineapple in its own juice, drained

1 Pkg prepared Dream Whip

8 Each maraschino cherries

1/2 Cup Grape-Nuts cereal or low fat granola



Slice bananas and place in bottom of graham cracker crust. Spoon softened frozen yogurt over bananas. Place in freezer for 1 to 2 hours or until hardened. Remove and spread fudge topping over frozen yogurt. Place back in freezer for 30 minutes. Prepare Dream Whip and set aside. Spread pineapple over fudge topping. Spoon Dream Whip over pineapple. Sprinkle Grape-Nuts over top. Place the cherries evenly over top of pie. Return to freezer for at least one hour or overnight. Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving.


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 have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to by October 15, 2014.    
CCG Employees Only




1. Which one of these party food favorites has more calories? 

a. 1 cup of Buttered Popcorn
b. 1 serving of Tortilla Chips


2.  Which of the following has the most salt? 
a. Reduced fat peanut butter
b. Lite salad dressing  
3. If your'e trying to avoid sugar, which breakfast should you choose?   


a.Breakfast Bar  

b. Bran Flake Cereal  

4. Which of these side dishes is so salty it can give you up to almost your daily sodium allowance? 
a.Instant mashed potatoes  

b. Boxed rice pilaf  

5.Which of the following is a better cheese option? 


a. Part-skim mozzarella  

b.  Part-skim riccotta  


July/August 2014 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick, CPD

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

Upcoming Community Events
September/October 2014


Columbus Parks & Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation Division

Wellness program


Walking Club: Monday - Thursday at 9:00 am

           Pop Austin Recreation Center


Water Aerobics: Mondays & Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

                             Columbus Aquatic Center


Chair Fitness: Tuesdays at 10:00 am

                         Pop Austin Recreation Center


Special Olympics Training

Swimming: Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:00 pm -3:00pm

       Columbus Aquatic Center


Cycling: Tuesdays at 11:00 am

               Ride on Bikes


Bowling: Tuesdays at 2:00 pm

               AMF Peach Lanes


Bocce: Wednesdays at 10:00 am

             Pop Austin Recreation Center


For more information or to RSVP contact:

Melissa Crawford at 706-323-8707 or email


Columbus Animal Control & Care Center

Adoption Events

The Columbus Animal Control & Care Center will have animals that are ready for adoption at the following locations:

September 1  

Park & Rice on Manchester Expressway     
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm



September 6              
Market Days on Broadway

9:00 am - 1:00 pm



September 7              
Pet Supermarket                                           
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


September 12

Pet Supermarket                                           
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


September 13

Help the Hooch with Your Pink Pooch
9:00 am - 1:00 pm



September 20

Market Days on Broadway                            
9:00 am - 1:00 pm



September 21            
Pet Supermarket                                           
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


September 26

Pet Supermarket
11:00 am - 3:00 pm



September 27            
Market Days on Broadway                            
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


For more information, please contact 706-653-4512 or contact Evelyn Tracy at


Blood Drive

September 11

10 am - 3 pm

Give the gift of life!

Sponsored by the Mayor's Office

Plaza Level, Government Center

For more information, please contact 706-653-4712


2nd Annual Tri-City Latino Festival


September 13

Noon- 11:00 pm

The 2nd Annual Tri-City Latino Festival to be held on September 13, 2014 at beautiful South Commons, Columbus, Georgia. We are featuring local and internationally acclaimed performers as the main attraction on a main stage and a local stage.
Columbus South Commons

For more information, visit


51st Annual Shrine Circus


September 20 & 21

Come one, come all to the 51st Annual Shrine Circus at the Columbus Civic Center on September 20th and 21st. All net profit goes to support the Columbus-Fort Benning Shrine Club and its projects.

Columbus Civic Center

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


Jazz on the River

September 28

6:00 pm

Join Davis Broadcasting and The Columbus Civic Center for "Jazz on the River" in the beautiful Civic Center Courtyard located behind the building. Bring your lawn chairs and the family for this FREE event.

Columbus Civic Center Courtyard

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


Socktober- Sock Donation Drive

During the Month of October

There are nearly 600,000 people without a home on any given night in the United States This October, Northside Recreation Center will be asking for a pair of new socks. Donations will accepted throughout the month of October.

Northside Recreation Center

For more information, call 706-576-5475


Disney Junior Live! Presents Pirates & Princess Adventure

October 4

4:00 pm

Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior's hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

Columbus Civic Center

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


Let's Grow! STE(A)M Education Hall

October 14-15

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The LET'S GROW STE(A)M initiative is a public event where students display their created projects on a community platform. This educationally based platform gives Pre-K thru 12th grade students the opportunity to showcase and compete amongst their peers, utilizing the various components of STE(A)M.

Columbus Civic Center

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


Greater Columbus Fair

October 14-19

Celebrate the beginning of autumn in the Chattahoochee Valley. Come to the Greater Columbus Fair for food, rides, games and more! Entertainment on the main stage and exhibitions in the Exhibit Hall located inside the Columbus Civic Center.

Columbus Civic Center

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


Therapeutic Recreation Division-Fall Festival

For Individuals w/Special Needs

October 23

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for fun fall activities!

Pop Austin Therapeutic Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707 or email


Therapeutic Recreation Division-Halloween Dance

For Individuals w/Special Needs

October 31

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pop Austin Therapeutic Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707 or email


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