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Fred Russell: Last Day As Augusta's City Administrator

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When 2014 hits, Fred Russell will no longer be employed by the City of Augusta. With his severance package finalized, he is ready to move on…but he may not be moving far.

We spoke with Paine College Senior Vice President Brandon Brown Monday and he told us the college and Russell have entered into talks about a position at the college.

Russell would start at Paine sometime after the first of the year.

WJBF's George Eskola was the first one to break the news to Russell that he was fired.

"You deal with it. I've been surprised on more than one occasion, and you deal with it and you take a deep breath and handle the situation," said Russell.

Russell said, over his 12-year run, the city has accomplished things people said couldn't be done, such as finishing the Judicial Center, completing the Convention Center, and re-developing the Laney Walker community. But, he said the day-to-day tasks mean the most.

"What we've done best, I think, is manage the government during financial crisis times, and not raise taxes, not burden our citizens with too much taxes, and be able to provide a decent level of service," said Russell.

For the next administrator coming in, Russell said the biggest challenge is creating a unified program. "Augusta is a community that is very diverse, it has lots of issues common to areas smaller and larger...it's not a compact urban core," said Russell.

Russell said the administration needs to focus on the big picture. "We very easily get sidetracked on issues that, in the grand scheme of things, aren't very important," said Russell.

When I asked him about any plans to run for Mayor in 2014, he did not have a comment at this time. From his tone, it seems like that may not be a closed door.

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