Project engineer leaving CCSD job
by Kim Isaza
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February 17, 2012 12:22 AM | 4236 views | 14 14 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Doug Shepard, Cobb school district’s first in-house construction project manager, submitted his resignation Thursday afternoon, he said.

Shepard, a project engineer, said he is leaving for a higher-paying job elsewhere. He declined to name the company he is going to work for, but said his title would be director of real estate and development.

His last day with the district is unknown, though he’s offered to stay two weeks, he said.

Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the district’s superintendent, said he was going to miss Shepard.

“He did a great job for us, but he got a better opportunity with better pay,” he said. “He did an outstanding job for us and not only through the SPLOST but also the redistricting. It was one of the smoothest things that we’ve handled. So, we’re definitely going to miss him.”

Shepard has been with the district for just over two years, beginning in September 2009. His base salary before accounting for furlough days is $115,000. He reported to Chris Ragsdale, the district’s deputy superintendent of operational support.

Shepard and his wife, Shawn, live in Roswell with their two young sons.

The district previously paid a private firm, the now-defunct Facility Group of Smyrna, to manage its SPLOST I and II projects, at a cost of about 3 percent of total project costs.
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Jose Garica-Smith
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February 21, 2012
Outsource it to the professionals. Experiment over.
Crash and burn
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February 21, 2012
After last summers fiasco due to the acceleration projects I am surprised he lasted this long. All PR and no sustenance. Begone bow tie man!
Just sayin.....
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February 19, 2012
Ragsdale...OY!

Best of luck to Shepard, you are obviously the rare breed of guy who can cross over into the private sector. You always managed to answer questions from the board in a straight forward and non-partisan way and in a manner in which the public could understand the answer.
Fed Up
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February 18, 2012
God only knows what went through Doug's mind as he had to sit and endure the inane questioning from the largely vacuous board, over and over. Especially from one of the worst board members in the state (Bartlett) and now Angelucci and Stultz. Good for him. He put up with a horrendous situation with professionalism and will be missed. I've been expecting the CFO (Addison) to have had his fill too. Elect an ignorant, agenda driven board and this is what you get.
Oh yes
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February 19, 2012
Sure, Shepard was a saint. The board should just accept everything this guy put out there.

Fed up; you sure you aren't Dougie?
anonymous
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February 19, 2012
The board should have questioned him more. A lot more. The worst of the fallout from Doug Shepard is yet to be seen.
anonymous
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February 19, 2012
Is this the guy who led the county into speeding up the construction of programs under the guise of saving money? However, the record is fairly clear that this acceleration was very ill conceived. Many of these projects are now incurring cost over runs - resulting in no savings and actually cost more money due to the loans issued. We need to stay the course that Bartlett has always pushed, "Pay as you go".
anonymous
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February 19, 2012
They should have been asking MORE questions. Bartlett was on the right track. You don't declare cost "savings" until a project is finished. Bid price can be very, very different than the final cost. The board was fed a lot of lipstick on a pig.
upstairs
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February 17, 2012
I have to give it to Doug, he was smart enough to clearly understand that there is going be some nasty blood-letting when Spring rolls around and got out when there was a chance. My experience at Glover Street, tells me there is going to be a major shake up soon.

I will miss him but he was kind of full of himself - kind of like Chris.
irked
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February 17, 2012
A VERY interesting development. Two weeks for a guy at this level?
Want, No
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February 17, 2012
Mr. Walrus

Where is Shep going, (Atkins, Cory, PBSJ, MA)?
In District office
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February 17, 2012
There is a reason for the sudden departure of Mr Shepard.... look no further than Chris Ragsdale. The higher paying job didn't come to him; he went looking because he was about to be let go. Watch!
Good job, my foot
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February 17, 2012
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Anon~
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February 17, 2012
Mr. Shepard will be missed. He did a great job for the District. Best wishes to Mr. Shepard!
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