New leader at the helm of Columbus' Fleet Maintenance Division

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Former Rain Water Division in employee with Columbus Public Services is the new Deputy Director of Fleet Maintenance.  Milner was recently named to the position after his predecessor Chris Brown was demoted

Brown is now the Deputy Chief of Enforcement and Animal Control.  Brown did not agree with City Manager Isaiah Hugley's decision to fire him for paying a contractor for 69 vehicles before the city received them. The personnel review board reinstated Brown.

During a December 2009 interview with News Leader 9, Brown said, "With an otherwise exemplary rating and outstanding appraisals for over 14 years and to have handled the millions of dollars in contract that I have, to make one honest mistake, and be terminated for this is unjust."

Milner has his work cut out for him, but says he's up for the job. "I think the most challenging part is getting to know the new personnel that I'll be working with and meeting all the vendors associated with making sure the services are maintained in the manner that they are now," added Milner.

Milner will be responsible for more than 1900 cars and trucks as well as heavy and small engine equipment. He has three days to get prepared.

"I'm looking over the rules and regulations right now, looking at the personnel I will be working with putting together a briefing that I will do with the employees."

Milner will work within a $30 million operation budget. Monday will be his first day on the job.

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