November is "Men's Health Awareness Month" 
December is "Safe Toys And Gifts Month"  
Nov. - Dec. 2015

In This Issue
Spotlight on a Veteran: Erika Lockette
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
CCG Receives "Teddy Award"
City Manager Receives Prestigious Award
Up And Motivated Conference Continues To Grow
Is the DROP Retirement Program Right For You?
Maxim Health Systems Conducts Biometric Health Screens
CCG Thanks Our Military Veteran Employees
Pet Corner
Healthy Recipes
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Spotlight on a Veteran:
Erika Lockette
Erika Lockette, the Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating the functions of the Juvenile Drug Court. She oversees grants and assists with finding ways to keep the program funded and functioning well.
Erika has served the citizens of Columbus since 2007. She served our country in the U.S. Army from March 1990 - August 1992.   She enjoyed the travel and the friends she made while in the Army. She also enjoyed being a medic and learning all that she did in the medical field. On the other hand, she found being away from her family to be difficult. The training was really rigorous. In addition, she served at a time when females weren't treated fairly or taken seriously as they are today.
Erika's last duty station was Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She got out of the Army and planned to study medicine at Penn State when her father suddenly died of a heart attack. It was particularly at this time that she recognized the positive impact the military had on her even though she was honorably discharged after a short time. It had made her much more disciplined and independent. It had also made her fearless enough to travel and try new things. She moved to Columbus with her mother to begin a new life.   Ultimately, she realized she could do anything she put her mind to achieving.

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

AUG. & SEPT.  2015

Bull Creek Golf Course
Cristal M. Smith
Clerk of Municipal Court
Danielle D. Blackwell      
Clerk of Superior Court
Dallas C. Cox                        
Michael P. Morrill                 
Kelsi A. Redmond                 
Martha L. Scrantom              
Sandra C. Blayton
Kristy M. Rich          
Pamela M. Whittlesey            
Billie J. Campbell      
David Gunnarsson
Inspection & Codes
Christina N. Fernandez      
Jason R. McDurmont
Kindle Williams
Laura Foster
Mark L. Dixon          
Junior A. Joseph        
Michael J. Hall
Matthew Williams      
Leon C. Aaron          
Hardrick A. Porchia        

Parks & Recreation
Santaria L. Allen                   
Melissa Alvarado                  
Mercedes Brown                    
Tristan Campbell                  
Jared H. Owens           
Deanna Smith                       
Deborah Davis                      
Raijen Day                             
Chantele Frierson                  
Tyana J. Johnson                  
Jared M. Roper                      
Carolyn M. Evans                  
Ahkeisha Patterson                
Yamilet C. Machado
Charis Osakwe        
Kianna N. Jackson      
Cortez J. Jones          
Mary Lumpkin        
Robert J. Sanders      
Tori C. Whatley        
Shanice S. Myricks        
Brenda Randall        
Heather Roper        
Jeniyah A. Burton        
Gary W. Hayes          
Ada Orta          
Cheryl E. Stringfellow
Adonis Dowdell        
Samanthia Jackson        
Brianna B. Reynolds      
Police Department
Nelson M. Hernandez
Waymon Bell
Laurel A. Browning
Taylor Arrighi
Amanda S. Cobbs        
Gregory A. Dobbins        
Kelly D. Mclendon      
Matthew H. Sitler        
Jeanette E. Addison        
Chance P. Cleland        
Jeana K. Bonaparte      
Jamark M. Robinson      
Jessica T. Scott          
Timothy D. Turner        
Marie M. Furlow        
Chelsey S. Perkins        
Jacqueline L. Porter        
Public Works
Joseph Johnson
Tommy L. Beauchamp      
Jeremy D. Burditt        
Corey D. Reed          
James M. Rose          
Joseph L. Jenkins        
Justin K. Hill          
Sheriff's Office
Seth M. Anderson
Christina L. Canady
Robert H. Mcaneny
Bayse B. Bourne
Shereka C. Brown      
Timothy E. Gaetz
Frederick A. Wilson        
Emily A. Knuckles      
Nadezhda R. Boswell        
Randy C. Sok            
Henry Jackson      

Tax Assessor
Tanya L. Rios          
Jeffrey B. Milam        
Thomas A. Lee
Stormwater Data Inspector
Charles R. Miller
Survey Crew Leader              
Fire & Emergency Medical Services
Jerry B. Tharpe
Lieutenant Training
Chase G. Kinsman
Fire Sergeant EMT

Inspections & Codes
William T. Tillman
Plans Examiner              

Horace Watts
Corrections Technician
Terry L. Reed
Corrections Technician
Daniel L. King
Deputy Warden Admin.
Police Department
Clayton A. Bartlett
Police Sergent
Will M. Basset
Police Sergent
Angela R. Florence
Police Sergent
Chad S. Lifsey
Police Sergent
Wendy R. Thornton
Police Sergent
Randolph M. Kiel
Police Sergent
Stephen R. Mills
Police Corporal
Stephen C. Reynolds
Police Corporal
Joshua W. Brownlee
Police Corporal
David W. Podger
Police Corporal
Deitrich B. Jones
Police Corporal
Keven M. Moore
Police Corporal
Michael P. O'keefe
Police Corporal
Stacica E. Miller
Police Corporal
Teresa Hudgens
Police Corporal
Robert A. Nicholas
Police Corporal
Murray C. Widener
Police Corporal
Jacqueline G. Mills
Crime Analyst
Marcie R. Beaudin-Miller
911 Center Supervisor
Dakinia D. Davis
Emergency Communication Technician II      
Public Works
William D. Brannon
Chemical Application Technician
Gladymar Calvo-Gonzalez
Communications Officer
Michael F Crain
Carpenter II
Jerome Green 
Equipment Operator III
Leonard C. Gunn
Electrician II
Andrew D. Lockett
Maintenance Worker III
Matthew G. Mcclain
Tree Trimmer Crew Leader II
Joseph Sawyer
Chemical Application Supervisor
Carlton B. Williams
Equipment Operator II
Rashaard J. Williams
Facilities Maintenance Worker I  
Willieka Moore
Equipment Operator II
William S. Page
Chemical Application Technician  
Sheriff's Office
Blaine L. Adkins
Deputy Sheriff
Julia R. Duckworth
Deputy Sheriff
Richard W. Gribbins
Deputy Sheriff
Lauren R. Stinson
Vincent A. Watt
Deputy Sheriff
Retirees August 2015-September 2015
Fire Department
Nathan J. Bader      
Fire Captain Training
29.5 years
Ronald Renfroe
Fire Lieutenant
31 years
Information Technology
Larry Washington
Application Support Analyst
26 years
Inspections & Codes
Kevin R. Simms
Plans Examiner
23.5 years
Carolyn D. Watson
Permit Technician
15 years
Albert Dobbs
Corrections Technician
16 years
Police Department
Andrew Tyner
Police Sergeant
28.5 years
Public Works
Hanson Burt            
Equipment Operator III
34 years
Benjamin Holston
Equipment Operator III
9 Years
Recorders Court
Brenda West
Judicial Administrative Technician
26.5 years
Sheriff's Office
Robert H. Mcaneny      
Deputy Sheriff
30 Years
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Columbus Consolidated Government Receives "Teddy Award"
The Columbus Consolidated Government was named the winner of the Teddy Award - the Theodore Roosevelt Workers' Compensation and Disability Management Award - in recognition of creatively solving problems posed by workplace injuries. The Teddy Award was named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt who introduced and promoted the first piece of significant worker's compensation legislation in the United States.

The Teddy Award has been given by Risk & Insurance for 19 years and is formally presented at the annual Worker's Compensation and Disability Management Conference and Expo.

The winners of this award distinguish themselves by performing at very high levels and achieving sustainable results through teamwork and innovation.

Four winners are chosen annually and the Columbus Consolidated Government is the only municipal government to win the Teddy Award for 2015. 

Congratulations to Reather Hollowell, Human Resources Director, and the Workers Compensation staff, Anne Marie Amiel and Sherry Evans on the dedication and hard work that led to this award.
Isaiah Hugley, Columbus City Manager, Wins Prestigious Award
The Georgia City County Management Association (GCCMA) bestowed a very high honor, Pillars of Professional Management Award, on Isaiah Hugley, Columbus City Manager, during its annual Fall GCCMA Conference Awards Dinner on October 29, 2015. The GCCMA Conference was held at the Legacy Lodge and Conference Center on Lake Lanier Islands.

The Pillars of Professional Management Award recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of professionalism in Georgia local government by distinguishing themselves through a record of service, or by other activities which have demonstrated the essential worth of professional local government management. Nominations were submitted in the following two categories:

  • Category 1 is limited to those persons who are current local government managers and administrators
  • Category 2 is for non-managers who have nevertheless worked to advance the profession for example, elected officials, range riders (managers who serve temporarily when city manager vacancies occur)
City Manager Hugley was a nominee in Category 1. He won the award because he met or exceeded the following criteria:
  • Champions professional local government management
  • Demonstrates a sustained commitment to personal and professional development through training and education
  • Mentors, coaches, and counsels peers, new managers, prospective managers, and colleagues
  • Demonstrates a commitment to innovation in professional local government programs
  • Exemplifies the tenets of the ICMA (International City/County Management Association) Code of Ethics during a time of trial, difficulty, or hardship.
Congratulations City Manager Hugley on this very distinguished honor!
UP And Motivated Conference Continues To Grow

The Columbus Consolidated Government's Public Works Department has sponsored the UP and MOTIVATED Conference for three years. The purpose of this conference is to give Public Works and other CCG employees the opportunity to obtain professional training and to spark their desire to be the best they can be.

The UP and MOTIVATED Conference focuses on the education and training needed to acquire the skills needed to advance professionally. There was a new component this year that focused on current CCG employees who advanced to the highest levels in the Columbus Consolidated Government despite their very humble beginnings. The session was gender based with male and female panels: Man to Man was facilitated by Isaiah Hugley, City Manager; Thomas Streeter, Deputy Chief of Fire & EMS; Lionel Haynes, Financial Analyst; Michael Jordan, Assistant Manager of Beautification; Women to Women was facilitated by Lisa Goodwin and Pamela Hodge, Deputy City Managers; Wanna Barker-Wright, Major, Columbus Police Department; Reather Hollowell, Human Resources Director; Michelle Brown, Street Division Manager; Drale Short, Special Enforcement Division Manager.

Employees are already looking forward to next year.

Click here to view photos from this year's conference. 
"Have you gotten your 10,000 steps in"? This was the new greeting employees used during the month of October even before they said hello. What's up with that? WALKTOBER of course!

What is WALKTOBER? WALKTOBER is one of the online health improvement challenges sponsored by Health Enhancement Systems.

October is ideal for walking - the temperatures are cool and the colors are spectacular. WALKTOBER is a month-long campaign designed to inspire everyone to make walking a priority - in October and beyond. Approximately 257 employees registered for WALKTOBER and enthusiastically tracked their steps (using a step counter) or minutes (dedicated walking minutes), aiming for 6000-10000 steps or 30-60 minutes a day. The first ten teams to register received fit bits for each team member. Thirty two teams with names such as "Purrrfect Walkers", "Stress Free Steppers", "A Walk In The Park", "Financially Fit 1", "Tickled Pink" and "Walkabees" were serious about holding their teammates accountable. Team captains monitored their teams and when a member was falling behind, a telephone call or even a personal visit was made to "strongly encourage" that member to "get to stepping".

Weekly raffles were held to reward participants and to keep the interest high. Participants qualified for the raffle by earning at least 71 points during Week 1 and Week 2. Winners were awarded $10 gift cards and those individuals who did not receive a fit bit previously were given one in a raffle too.

Members of the top team in Week 3 and Week 4 received $10 gift cards.

The goal was to accumulate 5 or more leaves a week by recording daily minutes or steps:
  • 30-44 minutes/6000-7999 = Red
  • 45-59 minutes/8000-9999 = Orange
  • 60+ minutes/10,000+steps= Gold
Any combination of red, orange, or gold leaves counted toward the goal. Participants who were just starting out set a goal of 20 or more red leaves, while those who were already active aimed higher. The idea was to set a challenging target and develop a walking habit that could be maintained for good.

CCG WALKTOBER participants had good things to say about the challenge too. Here are just a few of the comments - "Super excited about WALKTOBER! Perfect jump to start back working out"; "Getting the leaves (Gold) has really motivated me and I plan on continuing to walk even after WALKTOBER is over".

The First Place winning team was "Fit is the New It" (pictured above). Each team member received a $50 gift card.
The Second Place winning team was S.W.A.T.T.. Each team member received a $25 gift card.

The Third Place winning team was Road Runners. Each team member received a $10.00 gift card.

The Top Ten individual winners randomly selected based on accruing .83 points and above are Shirley Dixon, Gary Marshall, Sherry Evans, Peter Hoffman, Janet Langan, James Mang, Sarah Welsh, Michael Jordan, Corey Jones, and Kevin Aker . Each person received a $50 gift card.

A special thanks to ALL participants and to Corey Jones in Human Resources for his patience and tireless work coordinating WALKTOBER!  
Is The DROP Retirement Plan Right For You?
The Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) is an optional benefit that allows eligible employees to accumulate a lump-sum of money, or "nest egg", for retirement. The Columbus Consolidated Government is proud to offer this valuable benefit to its membership at no additional cost to employees in the CCG Pension Plan.
The DROP is a retirement option for long term employees who may enter the DROP after meeting the following eligibility requirements.
A DROP participant offered this comment,'the immediate visual of the word DROP is a quick release, very swift let down onto a solid surface, something akin to falling from a cliff. The DROP is very much the opposite of this visual. I recommend renaming the program to GEE - Great Employee Exit. Every quarter persons enrolled in DROP receive a happy letter from the City that delineates exactly (emphasis added) the total personal retirement savings. We who are enrolled in DROP say "GEE, this is great"!
Your participation in the DROP does not itself change the conditions of your active employment; however, you should be aware that the DROP itself does not address or guarantee any particular wage calculation on the active salary you receive, such as the availability of COLAs. These remain open for resolution by City Council on an annual basis. You should know, however, that once you are enrolled in the DROP your enrollment is irrevocable.  

If you want to find out why DROP participants are exclaiming, "GEE, this is great"! contact the Human Resources Retirement Analyst for an appointment. You may also find a more detailed description of the DROP on the Human Resources Department's website. 
Maxim Health Systems Conducts Biometric Health Screens 

The CCG Wellness Committee wanted to take an "extra step" toward improving employee health during this year's Supplemental Benefits and Health Fair by giving employees a chance to obtain on the spot information about key health indicators such as HDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Glucose levels, Blood Pressure and Body Fat.

Thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the CCG Wellness Committee and the CCG Human Resources Department were able to offer approximately 200 employees the opportunity to "Know Their Numbers" by undergoing a Biometric Health screen on October 23, 2015.

For some employees, the $50 gift card they received for participating AND the good news they received about their health made this year's Supplemental Benefits and Health Fair one to remember!
The Columbus Consolidated Government would like to thank our military veteran employees for their service.
Pet Corner
Winter Is Coming For YOU and YOUR Pets
If you are like most people you have developed your checklist for winterizing your home for winter:
  • Have the chimney cleaned 
  • Stack wood for the fireplace
  • Get the furnace checked
  • Shutoff all cracks so that heat stays in and cold air stays out
Sounds like all of the bases are covered, right? If you have pets, the answer may be "No".
Winter is a time when our beloved pets for some - babies for others - need a little extra care. The following tips are provided by PetMD:
  1. In or Out? Does your pet spend most of the time in the backyard? You might want to keep her indoors during the freezing months, especially if you are expecting a very cold winter.
  2. If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a fur coat alone (even if it is faux mink) keep you warm against the elements? No? Well, your pet's fur coat is not enough protection for your pet during the winter either. Provide your dog with a warm, dry and draft free shelter outside in compliance with local regulations, if there are any.
  3. It takes more energy for pets to stay warm when it's cold. Outdoor animals eat more during the winter.   Fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet's health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven't turned into little skating rinks for fleas and other insects. Ice pops may be a treat in the summer but your pet shouldn't have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.
  4. Indoor animals conserve energy in the winter by sleeping more. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside so you should consider adjusting the amount of food you give them as well.
  5. If the weather turns particularly cold and icy, sidewalks and roads may receive applications of salt. The types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws - not to mention they corrode concrete and damage the beautiful vegetation. You may want to protect your pet's paws and keep him warm during walks by putting them on booties. If you don't want to go that far, consider wiping your pet's paws after walking outside.
Hunkering down in the winter with your pet is mostly common sense. If you're cold, then your beloved pet will most likely be cold too. Snuggle up, keep your pet warm and safe and sooner than you can say "Jack Russell", we'll be celebrating spring and summer.
Healthy Recipes
Buttermilk and Herb Stuffing Muffins   

Cooking spray
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium red onions, chopped (4 cups)
3 thinly sliced celery stalks
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) package mushrooms, coarsely chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
1 (12 - to - 14-ounce) package country-style cubed with white and whole-wheat bread) stuffing (such as Pepperidge Farm)
1 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)
2 large eggs

  1. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray; set aside
  2. Heat butter in a 4 to 5 quart pot over medium heat until melted; add onion and next 5 ingredients (through pepper. Cook until softened (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; cook over medium-high heat until mushrooms are tender and liquid evaporates (about 5 minutes), stirring well. Add broth; simmer.
  3. Preheat oven to 425*. Remove pot from heat; stir in remaining ingredients with a fork. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Spoon stuffing mixture into 10 cups of prepared muffin tin in mounds; bake in middle of oven until golden on top (about 25 minutes). Let cool in oven at least 15 minutes; remove from tin.

Quick Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes  

Here we stir in a little melted chocolate into ricotta cheese for a cheesecake-like topping for chocolate wafer cookies.

Makes 12 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dessert/Snacks

1/4 cup of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese
12 chocolate wafer cookies
1 tablespoon of 100% fruit jam, such as raspberry or cherry

  1. Combine melted chocolate and ricotta in a small bowl. Spoon a scant 1 tablespoon of the mixture on each chocolate wafer and top with 1/4 teaspoon  jam.
To melt chocolate, microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted. Or place chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.
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 December 1, 2015.    
CCG Employees Only
Are You a "Super Foods" Superhero?

1. What are super foods?
a. Foods full of nutrients
b. FDA Approved Foods
c. Foods that fight cancer
d. Organic foods

2. You should eat at least five servings of super foods every day?
a. True
b. False

3. What do blueberries have over strawberries?
a. More antioxidants
b. More Vitamin C
c. More folate
d. More fiber

4. Which potatoes has more vitamin A?
a. Russett
b. Sweet
c. Yukon Gold

5. What can oatmeal help control?
a. Cholesterol
b. Glucose levels
c. Body weight
d. All of the above
Previous 2015 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Cheryl Tate - Information Technology Department 
Answers to the Previous Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.B; 2.A; 3.A; 4.B; 5.D
Upcoming Community Events
September - October 2015 
Columbus Civic Center
Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey
$9.00 - $30.00
Nov. 10 - 10:00am
vs. Macon Mayhem
Nov. 24 - 7:30pm
vs. Knoxville Ice Bears
Nov. 27 - 7:30pm
 vs. Louisiana Ice Gators
Dec. 4 - 7:30pm
vs. Knoxville Ice Bears   

Dec. 5 - 7:30pm
vs. Macon Mayhem
Dec. 12 - 7:30pm
 vs. Fayetteville FireAntz
Dec. 19 - 7:30pm
vs. Peoria Rivermen
Dec. 27 - 4:00pm
 vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots
Katt Williams
Conspiracy Theory Tour
Nov. 28 - 8:00pm
$47.50 - $102.50
Fountain City ClassicView Event Web Page
Nov. 7 - 2:00pm
AJ McClung Memorial Stadium
For more information, visit or call 706-653-4482
Britt David Cultural Arts Studio
Friday, December 4           6 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, December 5      9 am - 3 pm
Holiday Open House Sale
Cultural Arts- Columbus Parks & Recreation will be sponsoring its annual pottery and art sale featuring handmade artwork including pottery, photography, and glass. Just in time for the Holidays. Pottery and artwork will continue to be for sale at the Britt David Cultural Arts Studio through the end of Decmeber.
For more information, call Lisa Castile at 706-653-4196 or email
Recreation Services
Well Care Presentation
Friday, November 6
11:15 am
Dining Room
Cost- FREE
Frank Chester Senior Center
Thursday, November 12
Monthly Tea Party & Birthday Party
2:30 pm
Dining Room Cost- $2.00
Frank Chester Senior Center
Friday, November 20
Thanksgiving Luncheon
12 noon
Dining Room Cost- $6.00
Frank Chester Senior Center
Wednesday, December 2
Decorate the Center!!
All Day!
Free Refreshments will be on hand!
Frank Chester Senior Center
Friday, December 18
Christmas Luncheon
12 noon
Dining Room Cost- $6.00
Frank Chester Senior Center
Food Drive- All of November
Non-perishable food items only!!
Toy Collection Drive- Until December 18 at noon!
For more information about activities at the Frank Chester Senior Center, please call Joy Hendrix at 706-653-4964.
Wednesday, November 18
"Thank You" Thanksgiving Dinner
5 pm
Boxwood Community Center
Monday, December 21 & Tuesday, December 22
Christmas Camp
2 pm - 4 pm
Boxwood Community Center
Wednesday, December 23
Christmas Celebration
12 pm - 4 pm
Boxwood Community Center
For more information about activities at Boxwood Community Center, please call Sharon Hunter at 706-653-4515.

Fall Break 3-Day Camp
Monday, November 23 - Wednesday, November 25
Registration is OPEN Now through November 16
Located at Tillis Gym
1425 13th Avenue   Columbus, GA 31901
For more information, please contact the Community Schools Division at 706-225-4511.

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