December is " Safe Toys & Gifts Month"
December  2012
In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Employee Recognition Program
Pet Corner
Parks and Rec. Director visits California
United Way Goal Exceeded!
2012 CCG Caring & Sharing Project
2012 Greater Columbus Heart Walk
Healthy Recipe
Healthy Holiday Tips
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
November 2012

New Hires

Clerk of Superior Court

Chelsea E. Dobbs


Cooperative Extension

Chelsey R. Davis


Elections and Registration

Mrian C. Allen

Justin D. Butts

David P. Carson

Jonathan J. Fields

Talesha A. Grant

Caterica Hall

Theodore D. Jones

Tonyale M. McClain

Theresa V. Mytchell

Morgan L. Osbon

James E. Robinson

Rashaada S. Rogers


Parks and Recreation

Denisha T. Andrews

Chelsea S. Arrington

Vickie L. Bailey

Kalvin D. Baker

Jamece Banks

Christina M. Battle

Victoria S. Bolden

Heather L. Bowyer

John Brown

Artesia L. Bryant

Jaquian K. Burke

Bridget C. Champion

Anthony M. Cook

Anita L. Evely

Mirinda C. Glenn

Chelsea D. Grier

Oscar L. Harris

Tiffany A. Harvey

Kwasiya S. Howard

Corissa R. James

Diamond S. Leggett

Sierra A. Maddox

Tammy L. Marsh

Ryan A. Masterson

Jatavia T. O'Neal

Phelesia S. Patterson

Lawrence Roane

Nekia E. Robinson

Monique S. Shorter

Victoria L. Stephenson

Police Department

Davida V. Bland

Brian J. Dudley

Gregory A. Pimm


Public Defender

Frederick D. Brown


Public Services

Jerome Green

Jajaune F. Jackson

Broderick L. Tucker

Roderick G. Winfrey


Sheriff's Office

Adam P. Bindel

Cheryl L. Carpenter

Deandra C. Charles

Steven W. Cook

Victoria J. Cothran

Brian S. Fincher

Kevin K. Gibbons

Dominique D. Hammond

Cedric L. Holton

Harvey L. Milner

Nathan E. Person

Zackary T. Trombley

Michallee P. Williams



Eugene D Smith



Sheriff's Department

Edward D. Ball,
Deputy Sheriff

Christopher G. Bryant,
Deputy Sheriff

Andrew C. Einsel,
Deputy Sheriff

Ray L. Thornton,
Field Training Officer

Kindra M. Watters,
Deputy Sheriff




Civic Center

Creesey M. Milner

Arena Technician

16 Years


Clerk of Municipal Court

Nancy E. Carswell

Deputy Clerk II

36.5 Years


Fire Department

Connie J. Jones


28 Years


Steven M. Powell

Fire Sergeant

31.5 Years


David N. Starling

Deputy Fire Chief

30.75 Years


Police Department

Henry M. Antoine

Command Sergeant

37.5 Years


Danny E. Bedsole

Police Sergeant

42.5 Years


Cathy L. Bush

Police Corporal

36.5 Years


Rick D. Galbreath

Police Sergeant

28.5 Years


Willie G. Pierce

Police Corporal

31.5 Years


Charles V. Rowe

Deputy Chief of Police

40.5 Years


Bruce Whitehead


32.5 Years


Public Services

Vernon R. West

Electrician II

36.5 Years


Sylvia F. Bennett

Administrative Coordinator

25 Years


Employee Recognition Program 3rd Quarter Winners
 Congratulations to 3rd Quarter Winners Employee Recognition Program  

Individual Excellence Award Winner

Sylvia Bennett
Public Services


PEER Award Winners

Tommy Groce
Parks and Recreation

Linda King
Tax Assessors

Jeremy Miles
Information Technology

Joseph Williams
Public Services

James Shipp

Pet Corner
December 2012

Featuring CCG Employee Pets!! Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures.  



Parks and Rec. Director visits California
On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Dr. James Worsley presented an education session, "Upward Mobility for Leaders in Parks and Recreation," at the National Recreation and Parks Association Congress in Anaheim, CA. In addition, the Columbus Parks and Recreation Director had the opportunity to tour several parks and amenities in Orange County, CA. The pictures below capture some of the many amazing amenities found in the Orange County Parks and Recreation Department. The Irvine Regional Park is known for its Nature Center, Train Ride, and County Zoo. The Coastal Parks such as Salt Creek Beach/Bluff Park can be found on the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Another gem found in Orange County is the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and it incorporates trails for walkers, runners, and hikers. This location also includes the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center used for educational instruction and other activities focused to preserve wildlife.


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

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United Way Goal Exceeded!

Donations And Pledges To Date: $176,303.98

United Way Goal:       $172,000.00
Pet To All Columbus Consolidated Government Departments: Because Of Your Support We Have Met And Exceeded Our Goal!!!!!


Adult Probation, Airport, Bull Creek/Oxbow, City Attorney, City Manager, City Council, Civic Center, Clerk of Council, Clerk of Municipal Court, Clerk of Superior Court, Community Reinvestment, Coroner, District Attorney, Engineering, Finance, Fire/EMS, Human Resources, Information Technology, Inspections and Code, JTPA/WIA, Juvenile Court, Marshal, Mayor's Office, Muscogee County Prison, Municipal Court Judge, Metra, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Police, Public Services, Recorder's Court, Sheriff, Tax Assessor, Tax Commissioner, Trade Center.


Special Thanks To All The Leadership Givers:

Eddie Anderson, David and Carmen Arrington, Tom and Debra Barron, David Bevans, Joann Cavis, Greg Countryman, Joseph and Lisa Goodwin, Ross and Beth Horner, Isaiah Hugley, Rick and Kay Jones, Linda Pierce, Larry Parker, Jr., John and Patricia Redmond, Julia Slater, Charles and Cheryl Tate

Teresa Tomlinson, Tiny Washington


Thank You For Your Continued Support Of The United Way!!!


2012 CCG Caring & Sharing Project

Mayor's Christmas Motorcade & Caring for our Own


The Columbus Consolidated Government employees participated in the 2012 Mayor's Christmas Motorcade and collected 20 boxes full of donations (personal care items, new clothes, and recreational items) for the residents of West Central Georgia Hospital.


Our employees also raised $150 for the 2012 CCG Caring for our Own Project. Winn Dixie also donated $50, for a total of $200 raised for this project. We were able to help four CCG Employees have a bountiful Thanksgiving. Each employee received a $50 gift card to Winn Dixie.


We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Caring & Sharing Project. We are a very giving organization!!

2012 Greater Columbus Heart Walk 

On Saturday, October 20, 2012, the CCG participated in the American Heart Association's 2012 Greater Columbus Heart Walk. We are proud to announce that our CCG Employees raised $996.00 for the American Heart Association. 61 of our employees participated and many brought family, friends, and pets to the 2012 Great Columbus Heart Walk on Saturday October 20 at Woodruff Park on CSU's Campus Downtown!! The following departments represented CCG: Clerk of Council, City Manager's Office, Cooperative Extension, Engineering, Human Resources, JTPA/WIA, Muscogee County Prison, Parks & Recreation, Police, Public Services, Superior Court, Tax Assessor's Office, and the Tax Commissioner's Office.


We had one of our very own win the 2012 American Heart Association's Lifestyle Change Award. Lt. Bernard Strong of the Muscogee County Prison was one of two who were chosen this year. Lt. Strong has improved his lifestyle by walking at the park and eating more fruits and vegetables and controlling his food portions. Because of his healthy lifestyle changes, he has dropped 45 lbs and has discontinued taking insulin shots. Congratulations, Lt. Strong!! Keep up the good work!!


Thanks to everyone who came out to walk! We are making plans to participate in the Heart Walk again next year and we expect to double participation!!


"THANK YOU" to all of our Team Captains for rallying up the troops!!

You did an Outstanding Job!!


Annette Belk, Police Department
Antonio Owens, Parks and Recreation
Alina Phillips, Planning

Brenda Zangenberg, Tax Assessor
Bob Heider, Public Services
James Gunter, Muscogee County Prison
Jeff Griffin, Engineering

John Redmond, City Auditor   
Karen Thompson, Finance
Nell Johnson, Metra
Oscar Harris, Fire/EMS
Rhea Bentley, Cooperative Extension  
Sam Eugenio, Civic Center   
Sharonica Lunsford, Tax Commissioner
Sofia White, Human Resources
Tammy Foster, Sheriff's Office
Tiny Washington, Clerk of Council


2012 CCG Cookbook Update

Up for Sale Soon

The Cookbook Committee is happy to announce that the CCG's Cookbook named "What's for Dinner? A Collection of CCG's Favorite Recipes" will be on-sale soon. More details will be announced soon.

Thank you for everyone who submitted their favorite recipes, we appreciate your effort!

For more information contact Ms. Norma Ausburn at 706-225-3966.
Healthy Recipe

Mini Pumpkin Pies


12 Sheets Phyllo Dough

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

15-ounce Can Pumpkin Puree

1 ½ Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

12-ounce Can Fat-free Condensed Milk

1 Egg, lightly beaten

2 Egg Whites

Pinch Salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide phyllo dough into one stack of four sheets and one stake of 8 sheets. Cover the stack of 8 with a damp cloth until ready to use. With first stack, spray first sheet with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with a little brown sugar. Place next sheet on top and repeat. Repeat for the third, and then top off with the fourth sheet. Cut stack into 12 rectangles. Press each rectangle into a 12-cup muffin pan. Uncover the stack of 8 sheets and remove the next four sheets. (Recover the remaining four with the damp cloth.) Again, spray the first of the next four sheets with spray, sprinkle with brown sugar and top with next sheet until the fourth sheet is used. Cut into 12 rectangles and push each into a second muffin pan. Repeat with remaining sheets so that you fill three 12-cup muffin pans. In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin puree and spice, followed by the milk, egg and egg whites. Add pinch of salt and combine well. Add 1 tablespoon of pumpkin mixture to each phyllo cup. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until pumpkin is set. Makes 36 pies. Per pie: 52 calories; 1.2g fat; 9g carbs.

Healthy Holiday Tips


It can be especially difficult to stay on a diet during the holidays. It's hard for anyone to say no to all the tempting treats that are being served at family dinners or parties. You have two choices, forget your diet and regret it later or stick to your diet and be miserable. Fortunately, there are ways to help enjoy the some of our favorite treats.   One is to choose wisely and enjoy yourself. When eating out say no to second helpings, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Water aids digestion and will keep you feeling full longer. If you do overeat, don't try to compensate by skipping meals the next day. Exercise will help burn holiday calories.   If you are planning a dinner or party, try some of the following tips:


  • Eggnog: Use mostly egg whites or egg substitute instead of whole eggs. Use fat-free half and half or evaporated fat-free milk instead of whole milk. Add a little sugar substitute for added sweetness. Use rum extract for the alcohol if you want the taste without the effect.
  • Cakes, bars or muffins: Use canola oil instead of butter or better still, use applesauce or mashed bananas. Use sugar substitutes specifically made for baking. Use egg whites instead of the whole egg. And, use cocoa powder instead of chocolate. Dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips add more flavor than milk chocolate ones.
  • Cookies: When your recipe calls for a whole stick of butter, only use half a stick. If you cut the fat completely, the cookies will lose too much taste and texture. Again, use cocoa instead of chocolate. Add smaller amounts of chocolate chips. Sugar substitutes can also be used.
  • Appetizers: Substitute low-fat or fat-free mayonnaise, yogurt and sour cream to make dips. Use raw vegetables with dip. Make fresh salsa and homemade tortilla chips.
  • Dinner: Serve leaner cuts of meat. If serving whole ham, trim off the fat. Use the white meat of a turkey or hen with the skin removed. Glaze with a very small amount of butter or even better leave off the butter and baste with low-salt/low-fat broth with herbs instead. Serve lots of steamed, braised or roasted vegetables.   Instead of butter in your mashed potatoes, use fat-free sour cream. Make your gravy with low-salt/low-fat broth thickened with fat-free milk and flour with herbs for extra flavor.
  • Desserts: Use phyllo dough for crust if you are serving a pie. It's light, flaky and almost fat-free. Use reduced or fat-free cream cheese for cheesecakes.     


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 humanresourcesdepartment@columbusga.org by December 15, 2012.     


Test CCG Employees Only!  


Remember, please state your answers using the choices listed!! (All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing.)    


1. Do all fats have the same number of calories?     
a. yes
b. no

2.  There are ____ major dietary fats in the foods we eat.

a. Three
b. Four  
c. Five
d. Six

3.  If a food label reads "trans fat-free" it means that the food is healthy.    

a. True

b. False  

4. What is the purpose of body fat?

a. Body fat served no purpose  
b. To regulate blood flow to major organs
c.To release hormones that control metabolism
d.None of the above 

5.  Belly fat is worse than hip or thigh fat

a. True  
b. False  

November's 2012 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Judy Jones of Muscogee County Prison

Answers the November 2012 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.D; 2.B: 3.A; 4.B; 5.B  

Upcoming Community Events
December 2012   


Holiday Open House and Sale

December 1                             December 2

9:00 am - 3:00 pm                  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Local artist have created pottery and glass work for sale. Come look around, check out the class schedule, and enjoy some free refreshment.

Britt David Cultural Arts Studio

For more information, call 706-653-4196.


Frank Chester Senior Center-Toy/Food Drive

During the Month of December

Donations will be accepted at the Frank Chester Senior Center

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


Frank Chester Senior Center- Christmas Luncheon

December 14

Come out and join in on the Holiday Cheer! All are welcome.

Frank Chester Senior Center

For more information and cost for lunch, please call 706-653-4964.


Disney Disney Live! Mickey's Musical Festival

December 17 - 7:00 pm

Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival debuts in Columbus.

Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org 


Britt David Cultural Arts- Spring Classes Registration

December 18 - 6:00 pm

Britt David Studio will start registration for Spring Classes (January- April 2013) on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 pm at Britt David Studio. We offer classes for ages 3 and up in pottery, digital photography, painting, and glass. Go to http://www.columbusga.org/parks/arts.htm.

Britt David Cultural Arts Studio

For more information, call 706-653-4196.


Columbus Fire & EMS Toy Drive

December 21

Donations of toys will be accepted at any Fire Station.

Public Safety Building: Community Room

Families may register for the Toy Drive starting on December 14.

For more information, please contact Emily Davenport at 706-653-3500


Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games   

Cottonmouths vs. Fayetteville Fire Antz

December 7 - 7:30 pm


vs. Fayetteville Fire Antz

December 8 - 7:30 pm


vs. Louisiana Ice Gators

December 15 - 7:30 pm


vs. Huntsville Havoc

December 16 - 4:00 pm


vs. Mississippi Surge

December 21 - 7:30 pm


vs. Huntsville Havoc

December 29 - 7:30 pm


Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org

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