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December 2011
In This Issue
Richard Smith Honored
New Hires,Promotions and Retirees
Newsletter Archives
Newsletter Staff
Suggestion Box
Columbus Fall Line Trace Opens
A Message from the Mayor
United Way Campaign Update
Free and Discounted City Services
Healthy Recipe
Employee Recognition Program Winners
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Richard Smith Honored by the UGA Cooperative Extension

Georgia State Representative Richard Smith, District 131, was honored during National 4-H Week for his efforts to make local 4-H successful and for his years of service to the youth of Georgia through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & 



October 2011 


New Hires


Anthony Cooper


Family Connection

Sharita Lang


Juvenile Court

Andrew Dodgen


Information Technology

Ebony Adams


Marshal's Office

William Mayo


Parks & Recreation

Allison Herring

Karina Allen

Ashley Pitts

Terrianna Sharpe

Cassandra Bryant

Jadeida Curtis

Kymberli Stamps

Kaleigh Wells

Christopher Bass


Police Department

Mark Scruggs

Derris Mccraney

Joshua Staton


Public Services

Monica Brody

Tramal Davis

Melvin Lessley

Patricia Biegler

Larcessa Holloway


Recorders Court

Barbara Coleman


Sheriff's Office

Ricky Kelly

Gwendolyn Lucas-Davis

Marcia Denson

Nicole Picket

Loretta Weitzel

Lakeisha Dixon

Michael McFarland

Michael Thomas

Ryan Wright


Superior Court

Thomas W Lakes


Tax Commissioner's Office

Max Patrick



Larry Bailey

Frank Stanford

Loral Swanson




Fire/EMS Department

Matthew Borum  

Fire Sergeant

Darren Daniel  

Fire Lieutenant

Richard Horne  

Fire Captain

Donald Jones  

Fire Battalion Chief

Oscar Harris  

Fire Lieutenant

Information Technology

Jeremy Miles

Personal Computer Specialist


Juvenile Court

Judge Warner Kennon

Juvenile Court Judge


Public Services

Orbe Smith

Equipment Operator I

Reginald Williams

Equipment Operator I


Sheriff's Office
Calvin Ledbetter
ID Tech




Fire Department

Osra Arnold

Administrative Coordinator

20 Years


Randy E Downs

Fire Sergeant

26.5 Years


Eugene Edge

Fire Lieutenant

32.5 Years


Ricky Wadkins

Fire Lieutenant

31 Years


Parks & Recreation

Brendah Coyle


15 Years


Celsa Muniz

Community School District Supervisor

18 Years


Police Department

Larry D Charo

Police Sergeant

43.5 Years


Jennifer K Dunford

Police Lieutenant

33.5 Years


Raymond Ogier

Police Officer

29.5 Years


Willie Simmons

Police Sergeant

42.5 Years


Sheriff's Office

Joel White

Deputy Sheriff

30 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. Send your suggestions here 

Special Events


The Columbus Fall Line Trace Is Now Open  


On November 15, 2011 the City of Columbus officially open the Columbus Fall Line Trace to the public with a ceremony held at the Manchester Expressway Park and Ride. Around 150 people attended the event.
Fall Line Trace Opens


METRA to Receive 4 New Hybrid Busses  


The City of Columbus' Metra Transit will be getting 4 new hybrid buses thanks to a $1.677 million federal grant. Columbus was one of 46 communities selected for the clean-fuel grants. Mayor Tomlinson said, " This is a huge thing, it will save fuel and it will save money."


Gateway Project   


 A Message from the Mayor


What a whirlwind of activity this year has been. It has been my great privilege to meet and work with many of you, and to know that the rest of you all are out there working hard to make this the great city that it is. As we close the 2011 year and look forward to 2012, it is my goal to continue to find solutions to remove stumbling blocks that may have been in your way, to work to make sure we can take the opportunities that are presented to us as a city, and to ensure that you feel appreciated for what you do. We are going to continue to draw on the expertise we have on hand to make progress as we have done on the Copper Theft Task Force and in the Save-A-Pet program at our Animal Care and Control Center. We are going to continue to fill vacancies with excellent candidates and use your ingenuity and know-how to improve the efficiency and return on taxpayer investment in each department. Whether we next tackle our Integrated Waste System through proposed improvements, establish a capital replacement plan so that you have the reliable vehicles and equipment you need to do your job, or establish an efficiency assessment process known as "Citi-Serv", we will be working each day to improve the foundation upon which this city government rests.  


I wish you all the best this holiday season and in the New Year. 


 Mayor Teresa P. Tomlinson 

United Way Campaign Update


United Way 2011 Campaign Goal



Eddie Anderson                      David & Carmen Arrington          Tom & Debra Barron

Joseph & Lisa Goodwin         Ross Horner                                Isaiah Hugley

Larry Parker, Jr.                      John D. Redmond                        Julia Slater

Charles & Cheryl Tate             Teresa Tomlinson                        Tiny Washington United!  


GIS Day is a grassroots educational event that enables geographic information systems (GIS) users to open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS.  


GIS (Geographic Information Systems) a division of the Engineering Department is responsible for assigning new addresses, researching inquiries regarding address discrepancies and correcting addresses that are found to be invalid.


This year's GIS Day event invited GIS professionals from around the region to give a series of training demonstrations of the latest GIS technology and how it can be used to benefit local government. An estimated 200 people attended this year's event at the Civic Center.


A Case Study that utilized GIS to resolve a problem within the Parks and Recreation Department resulted in a savings of $659,256 since 2007. (Read the full story)


Slide Show of GIS Day 

Fraud Awareness and Prevention Training Offered

The Columbus Consolidated Government offered critical training to its employees during the month of October. The Office of the Inspector General, the auditing and financial investigation arm of the State of Georgia, facilitated the two-hour training. Sixty-five (65) managers and supervisors attended the training and some of the topics included the "Fraud Triangle," fraud schemes and prevention measures. The Columbus Consolidated Government is the first local government/municipality to offer this training to its employees. The Fraud Awareness and Prevention training will continue quarterly in 2012.


Free and Discounted City Services 

Take advantage of these free or discounted City services offered to all City employees!


  • Ride a METRA Fixed Route bus for free to your next destination. Ride any 1 of the 9 routes at any time.
  • Adopt a pet for free at the Animal Control Center.
  • Get free mulch at Oxbow Meadows.
  • Free Drivers' Training to employees and their dependents - Public Services Dept.
  • Get free notary service, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts for eye care services through Human Resources.
  • Free home inspections on fire safety, batteries for smoke detectors, limited training in fire protection, and CPR provide by the Fire Department.
  • Oxbow Golf Course offers employees w/City ID 9 holes of golf at $7 and 18 holes at $11 Monday, Wednesday & Friday (employee must pay for the golf cart; employee must pay regular rates on Weekends)
  • Bull Creek Golf Course offers employees w/ City ID 9 holes of golf at $10, and 18 holes at $16 during the week days (employee must pay for the golf cart; employee must pay regular rates on Weekends)                                                  
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream offers a 10% discount to all employees with showing their city ID.
  • Georgia Aquarium offers a 10% discount to employees discount is available only at the web site.
  • SunRay Cleaners offers a 10% discount to general government employees and 25% discount to public safety personnel/Uniforms Only (Sheriff, Marshal, Police and Fire) and get Three (3) sets Scrubs cleaned for $10.00 w/City ID.
  • CCG employees can launch $1.00 at Lake Oliver Marina. Just show your CCG ID badge.
  • Day Spa Rejoice on Moon Rd (706) 325-3348 10% discount to all city employees.       Just show your CCG ID badge.
  • Discounts offered to local sports and entertainment events. CHECK THE EMPLOYEE BULLETIN BOARD AS EVENTS OCCUR.
  • Purchase discount movie tickets for Carmike Cinemas in Treasury, Ground Floor, West Wing.
  • The Columbus Ice Rink offers a discount ticket of $5 for skating and rental of ice skates.       Just show your CCG ID badge
  • 15% Discounts offered to city employees for telephone services from Verizon Wireless - Contact Jessie Grant @ (706) 575-1200 or Carrie Brown @ (706) 575-1212; Sprint/Nextel (disc code GASGA_ZZZ)- Contact ALena Griffin (706) 593-4609; T-Mobile offers a 12% discount, (866) 464-8662 opt 3; promotion code-12390TMOFAV
  • CCG employees can skate at the Columbus Ice Rink for just $5.00, with your CCG ID badge.
  • For Six Flag Tickets go to Username: columbusgaog Password: SixFlags10.  
Note: These services are subject to change without prior notice.

Healthy Recipe
Creamy Broccoli Casserole

Lite Apple Cobbler

  1. 6 cups frozen chopped broccoli
  2. 1 can light cream of mushroom soup
  3. 1 cup fat-free mayo
  4. 1 cup shredded light cheddar cheese
  5. ½ cup egg substitute
  6. 1 small, finely chopped onion
  7. 3 tablespoons melted light butter
  8. ¼ cup light butter-flavored crackers

Boil broccoli for 5-8 minutes. Combine items # 2 thru 7; gently stir into drained broccoli. Pour into a 1½-qt baking dish coated with butter-flavored cooking spray. Crumble crackers over broccoli and spritz with the cooking spray. Bake 30 minutes at 350°. Serves 9.


One serving: 145 calories; 8g fat; 25mg cholesterol; 12g carbs.

Employee Recognition Program Winners

The Employee Recognition Program recognizes and shows appreciation to the City's brightest employees. Congratulations to the 3rd Quarter 2011 Winners.


Individual Excellence Award Winner: Richard Hattaway, Public Services
PEER Award Winners: Charles Chandler, MCP, David Cooper, Engineering, Lionel Haynes, Finance, Sandra Jean, Public Services, Walter Murray, Parks and Recreation  




Upcoming Events


WWE Smack Down Tour

December 4 at 5:00 pm

Columbus Civic Center

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


Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games

at Columbus Civic Center


vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers

December 2  at 7:30 pm


vs. Mississippi Surge

December 3 at 7:30 pm


vs. Mississippi Surge

December 10 at 7:30 pm


vs. Fayetteville

December 22 at 7:30 pm


vs. Fayetteville

December 27 at 7:30 pm


vs. Knoxville

December 30 at 7:30 pm






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

Ice Rink Coupon

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