City positions conflict with consolidation blueprint | The Augusta Chronicle

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Jun

City positions conflict with consolidation blueprint | The Augusta Chronicle

Another piece of unfinished business from the 1996 consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County resurfaced last week, and like most, it does not appear an easy fix.

Georgia House Bill 805, which set the rules for Augusta’s system of government, called for the city to hire a single department director to preside over equal opportunities, both in city employment and in the award of city contracts.

“The commission-council shall employ a person to serve as equal opportunity director and as director of minority and small business opportunities,” states the city charter.

Seventeen years later, however, city Equal Employment Opportunity Officer Jacqueline Humphrey’s title of “director” remains in dispute, while a separate hire – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Coordinator Yvonne Gentry – has done little to assist specifically minority- or women-owned businesses since a federal judge in 2007 barred Augusta from using race- or gender-based criteria in the award of contracts.

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