Heery International’s record under review | The Augusta Chronicle

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Heery International’s record under review | The Augusta Chronicle

The best-paid jobs on the city of Augusta’s payroll aren’t held by city employees, but by independent contractors.

For the past decade, Hee­ry International has garnered $9.5 million in fees. On Tuesday, the Augusta Com­mis­sion is set to approve another contract extension with Heery that would keep its employees on the city’s books for two more years as overseers of sales tax-funded construction projects.

The firm has heralded the opening – “on time and under budget” – of the Au­gus­ta Judicial Center, the new sheriff’s administration building, the Augusta Con­vention Center, the Augusta-Rich­mond County Public Library and the Reynolds Street parking deck over the past four years.

Little independent data, though, are available to back up Heery’s contentions, given that the company sets and adjusts the project budgets, then reports back on savings.

One example is the judicial center. Heery’s original contract lists the courthouse as a $72 million project. The building turned out to be smaller and woefully lacking in parking when it opened in 2010. Heery listed the project budget as $67 million and claimed a $5 million savings for the city.

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