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November 2011
In This Issue
Employee Spotlight
New Hires,Promotions and Retirees
Newsletter Staff
Ribbon Cutting for Gateway Project at I-185
From the City Manager
United Way Campaign Update
Honorable Judge Aaron Cohn Retires
New Directors
Got Paid?
2011 Caring and Sharing Project
Citizen Service Center Groundbreaking
Healthy Recipe
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Employee Spotlight
Ross Horner
Ross Horner became the Civic Center Director on August 1, 2011. He was previously Marketing and Booking Director of the Bismarck, North Dakota Civic Center. Both positions involve marketing on a large scale. Rather than a change in job responsibility, Mr. Horner relocated to Columbus largely because of "Climate".   He and his wife, Beth, agreed they would move somewhere warmer after their two children were grown.   He was first drawn to Columbus because of the climate and was happy to later discover that the people, like the climate, are warmer. His recipe for success is simple: "If an organization is focused on people both internally and externally, it will be successful." 


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & 



September 2011 


New Hires



Bettye J Cassady


Clerk of Municipal Court

Neresuia D Johnson



Joseph D'Angelo


Human Resources

Charleen D Kendrick


Marshal's Office


Harris D Hamrick



William Jackson

Myra L Lattimore

Roni L Taylor

Thomas W Williams


Naval Museum

Michelle K Murphy


Parks & Recreation

Michael T Britt

Shanelle M Rodriguez

Nancy Brannon

Ashley Calhoun

Bianca R Gibson

Sydnei A Mcginty

Yanet T Cabrera

Gloria J Moore

Jonathan O Robinson

Paul V Stringfellow

Brianna J Washington

Jasmine M Brown

Carmen Buckner

Lori A Ferreira

Winston Jackson

Adam W Leanza

Ayshiea A Sanders

Shaola C Terrell

Robert M Wilson

  Police Department

Lamont Baeringer

Shawn D Wilding

Richard E Miller


Probate Court

Brooke L Bartley


Public Services

Laken Brown

Paul Huston

Ernest Williams

Valerie Carlson

John Bausch

Carlos Tavera-Casas


Sheriff's Office

Randal D Hackley


Tax Assessor's Office Brenda K Zangenberg




Parks & Recreation

Arletter T Crawford    Community Schools Site Supervisor


Myron D Mason 

Parks Crew Supervisor



Rosana Juestel

 Principal Planner


Public Services

Demond M Deloach 

 Equipment Operator III


Brownell D Keys 

 Equipment Operator III


Rafael Santiago 

 Material Recovery Facility Technician


Cedric M Slappy 

 Equipment Operator II   


Sheriff Department

Peter J Buttacavoli 

 ID Tech


Kenyatta French 

 Field Training Officer

Valencia W Patrick Field Training Officer





Jeffrey C Wright

Director of Airport Police

16.50 Years of Service


Clerk of Municipal Court

Patricia S Lee

Deputy Clerk II

20 Years of Service


Fire Department

Lester D Talley

Battalion Chief

26 Years of Service


Juvenile Court

Aaron Cohn

Juvenile Court Judge

49.5 Years of Service



William W Adamson


21 Years of Service


Geeter Boone

Deputy Warden

20.5 Years of Service


Police Department

Ronald C Pierson

Police Officer

35 Years of Service


Public Services

Robert F Carswell

HVAC Technician II

36.5 Years of Service


Tax Assessors

Ingrid Elmore

Administrative Assistant

28 Years of Service


Newsletter Staff

Vickie Armstrong

Norma Ausburn

Sherry Garcia

Reather Hollowell

Rosana Juestel

Donnie Kent

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Sofia White

Special Events


Fall Line Trace Opens
The Columbus Consolidated Government is proud to present the Fall Line Trace! We have been diligently working on converting an old rail line into a spectacular linear park. We invite you to walk, bike, and run on our new linear park that extends 11 miles from start to finish.  

Save the date: November 15th, 2011 for our Opening Ceremony at the Manchester Park & Ride at 10:00am.  

We hope to see you there!"



Gateway Project Opens
  Gateway Project  

Ribbon cutting for Gateway Project at I-185/Victory Drive, a "salute to the men and women in uniform," was October 13 at Infantry Museum. The 56-acre gateway is a $6.8 million project that has transformed the entryway to Ft. Benning.   It is beautifully lighted and includes 20 water fountains, 20 illuminated 50-foot flagpoles, trees, and monuments that represent the Infantry School and Armor School at the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The project was funded with stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Gateways Foundation.  


 From the City Manager


City Manager, Isaiah Hugley The mayor, city council, city manager and city staff connected with members of the State Legislative Delegation through the annual Hometown Connection on October 6, 2011. The purpose of the connection was to share and have meaningful discussion on where the city revenue comes from and where it goes. Information was also shared on ongoing quality of life and infrastructure projects that make Columbus a "Strong and Vibrant City... Today, Tomorrow, Forever." State Legislators were briefed on the city's 2012 legislative agenda that will be voted on by City Council in November. The 2012 legislative sessions will kick off in January 2012.



United Way Campaign Update


United Way 2011 Campaign Goal

Thank you to the departments that have already met or exceeded their goal. United!  

Honorable Judge Aaron Cohn Retires  

Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court

Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

Judge Aaron CohnJudge Aaron Cohn was born 1916 in Columbus, Georgia. He and his wife, Janet Ann, were married for 69 years and parented three children. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia's School of Law. He further pursued the study of Juvenile Justice at an international level. He volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1940 and served in World War II. One of his most important accomplishments occurred during that time. As a Major in the 3rd Armored Calvary, he was an "Official Liberator" of a concentration camp in Austria. In 1946, after leaving the Army as a Colonel, he resumed his law practice. He was appointed Judge of the Juvenile Court of Columbus and Muscogee County in 1965. In addition to many offices held and active involvement in the community, his untiring advocacy of children's rights garnered him numerous awards.    
New Directors  


New Interim Warden Director

Dwight Hamrick of Pine Mountain, Georgia will act as Interim Warden pending an employment search to fill the Warden's position. Dwight started his career with the Georgia Department of Corrections in 1979. He has served as Warden to five Georgia prison facilities including: Lee Arrendale State Prison, Walker State Prison, Hayes State Prison, Northwest Probation Detention Center and Rutledge State Prison in Columbus, Georgia, from which he retired in December 2009. Welcome Dwight!

New Public Services Director

Ms. Patricia Chilton Biegler was appointed Director of the Public Services Department and approved by City Council on October 11, 2011. She served as Director of Public Works in Southwest Harbor, Maine since April 2010 and was Director of Public Works for Chesapeake, VA from 1999 to 2008. She owns and operates a photo gallery and gift shop. She earned her MSSM Systems Management degree from the University of Southern California and her BSE Civil Engineering Degree from the University of South Florida. Welcome Patricia!

Got Paid?  

 Got Paid Image

What would you do if you could not be paid because of a disaster?

This is exactly what happened to employees of Slidell, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Because of the extensive storm damage banks were closed for an extended period of time and many employees were forced into temporary lodging out of town. Those employees on direct deposit continued to be paid but Slidell had no way to issue checks to other employees. We encourage the few employees not using direct deposit to sign up now, just in case we ever find ourselves in the same situation as Slidell. To sign up for direct deposit, see your department payroll coordinator or contact Human Resources.

2011 Caring and Sharing Project  

Caring & SharingThe Caring and Sharing Project is one way CCG employees show their care and concern for those in the community who need a little extra help during this special time of harvest and thanksgiving. For the past several years, employees have donated toiletries, and other personal items to the following agencies: Open Door Community House, Hope Harbor, Salvation Army, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Valley Rescue Mission. This year's project kicked off on Oct. 18th and goes until Nov. 18th. Show you care by supporting this worthy community project. Contact Sofia White, 706-225-3630, E-mail: for more information.



Michael BurgessAfter passing a national certification exam, Michael Burgess, Engineering Department, is now a "Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist." Congrats!



Kyle McGee, Engineering Department, passed a national certification exam making him a "Certified Erosion, Sedimentation and Stormwater Inspector." Congrats!

Citizen Service Center Groundbreaking

City Service Center Groundbreaking


A ground breaking ceremony for the complex was held on September 26th. The complex will include a Natatorium, Parking Deck and City Service Center and is projected to open January 2013.  

Healthy Recipe
Lite Apple Cobbler

Lite Apple Cobbler 


1 (20-ounce) can lite no-sugar-added apple pie filling

3 tablespoons Splenda sugar substitute

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (9-inch) refrigerated piecrust

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In mixing bowl, combine pie filling, Splenda and cinnamon. Pour into 11 x 7 x 2-inch rectangular pan. Unfold piecrust onto flat surface. Cut 4 (11 x 1-inch) strips from crust. Arrange strips lengthwise over pie filling.   Then, cut 4 (7 x 1-inch) strips and arrange crosswise on pie filling. Bake 25 minutes.


Yield: 10 (1/2 cup) servings; Calories: 90; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrate: 11g; Sugar: 4g

(Can be served with lite sugar-free ice cream)  

Upcoming Events


Food Drive

November 1-30

Psalmond Road Recreation Center

All can goods will be donated to the House of Mercy.

For more information, please call 706-565-6060.


Trip to Westville

November 3

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fox Senior Center

Join us as we attend Westville's Fall Festival.

For more information, please call



Thanksgiving Luncheon

November 16

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Edgewood Senior Center

(Must be 55 years or older)

For more information, please call 706-317-4251.


Thanksgiving Luncheon

November 16

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Frank Chester Senior Center

(Must be 55 years or older)

For more information, please call 706-653-4964.

Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games

vs. Fayetteville Fireantz

November 6

4:00 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Fayetteville Fireantz

November 13

4:00 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Huntsville Havoc

November 18

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers

November 19

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Knoxville Ice Bears

November 22

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center


vs. Huntsville Havoc

November 18

7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center






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

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