Government Counsel and Administrative Services Division
The government counsel and administrative services division provides daily advice and counsel to the consolidated government, particularly the Office of the Administrator, the Board of Elections, the Human Resources Department, the airports, the Fire and Procurement Departments. In addition to providing legal advice, the attorneys review, draft and negotiate contracts and other transactional documents. They draft ordinances, legal opinions and memoranda, respond to open records act requests, handle open meetings challenges and perform civil and constitutional litigation in state and federal courts. This division is headed by Andrew MacKenzie, Esq.
Real Estate, Taxation and Economic Development Division
This division provides legal advice, representation and oversight for real estate transactions and litigation. The attorneys handle tax sales and assessments, zoning and land use regulations, licensing and inspections, and provide legal assistance for economic development activities and service delivery strategies in Augusta-Richmond County. Additionally, attorneys in this division draft and review ordinances, render legal opinions and respond to open record requests regarding matters under the division’s purview. Given the rapid and significant growth and development of Augusta-Richmond County, this division serves as the key legal advisor of the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Office of the Tax Commissioner, Land Bank Authority, Office of County Administrator, and numerous county departments. The division is headed by Wayne Brown, Esq.
This division includes Senior Litigation Coordinator Gaynell Bonner and Administrative Assistants Dereena Harris and Rosita Thomas. This division provides litigation, paralegal and secretarial support within the Law Department.