Former City Administrator Fred Russell will announce his run for mayor next week. His campaign chairman, Duncan Johnson, said Russell is the “most qualified” candidate and knows city government.
“He is running,” Johnson said. “His announcement will be coming shortly.”
Johnson, the president of Johnson Motor Co., said he has developed a friendship with Russell over the past few years and believes in Russell’s ability to lead the city as mayor.
“Our city, with all the great things that are about to happen to it, with an inexperienced city administrator coming in, we don’t need an inexperienced mayor,” Johnson said.
“He’s the most qualified to make sure that we handle the prosperity coming – the Cyber Command, and all the schools.”
A former Richmond, Va., police chief, Russell joined Augusta’s government in 2002 as a deputy city administrator. He was promoted to administrator in 2004 and held the job for nearly 10 years.
On Dec. 9, the Augusta Commission, citing a need to move in “a different direction,” voted 9-0 to fire him and begin a nationwide search for his replacement.