Counsel of Heery International doesn’t come cheap to city | The Augusta Chronicle

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Counsel of Heery International doesn’t come cheap to city | The Augusta Chronicle

With their city offices, city name badges and city equipment, Forrest White, Jacques Ware and Butch Gallop are often mistaken for Augusta employees, but they aren’t.

They are part of a decade-old relationship between the city and private construction management firm Heery International.

Unlike city employees, however, Heery and its two “subconsultants” – Gallop and Associates; and Dukes, Edwards and Dukes, headed by state Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany – have annual 4 percent rate increases built into their contract, which has helped propel their hourly rates to more than $200 and award the group $9.5 million in billed fees since 2004.

The Augusta Commission, meanwhile, has twice reaffirmed the rate increases, agreeing with little comment to extend the firm’s contract and shifting money budgeted in Heery’s “not to exceed” contract for abandoned projects to new ones.

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