Augusta, GA – There’s a new person in charge at Augusta Housing and Community Development Department.
Commissioners named Deputy Director Hawthorne Welcher as the department’s permanent director.
Welcher replaces Chester Wheeler, who resigned late last year as city leaders wanted an audit of the Hyde Park relocation project.
Welcher says he doesn’t oppose that if city leaders want it. “I would actually refer back to what is the lot of the Commission and/or the Administrators office. From our standpoint, where we sit, complete transparency. Complete transparency, once again, we are a city department and we are here for the citizens of Augusta and Richmond County,” said Welcher.
Welcher’s salary starts at $100,000 per year.