Following through on his promise for further reorganization of top level city directors, City Manager Kevin Evans has restructured the positions of former Parks, Recreation and Libraries Director Marty McDonald and former Human Capital Manager Karen Shaffer.
Unlike the previous reorganization, which began on Feb. 22 with the position eliminations and terminations of Planning Director Amy Haberbosch and Fire Chief William Kelleher, McDonald and Shaffer were moved up to new, expanded roles.
McDonald is now the Acting Community Services Department Director, encompassing all of his old job duties, plus adding the management of facility partnerships and code compliance to his tasks.
Shaffer is now the Acting Support Services Director, a department which will oversee her old stomping grounds in human resources as well as benefits, facilities management and the information technology department. The IT department has been temporarily led by management assistant Paul Jepson since former IT Director Richard Terrill was fired by the city in August.
The Community Services Department and Support Services Department are two new departments that fall in line with Evans’ move to consolidate departments and eliminate what he called a “top-heavy administration.” Evans moved former Transportation Director Brent Billingsley into the new Development Services Department directorship – a department which now oversees building safety, engineering, permits, planning, public works and transportation. The move of Billingsley, as well as the promotion of Police Chief Patrick Melvin to Acting Public Safety Director on Feb. 28 was the first part of Evans’ reorganization after the firings of Haberbosch and Kelleher.
“The ongoing reorganization is about providing aggressively efficient and friendly service to our customers,” Evans said in a press release. “The goal is for our customers to become raving fans of the service provided by City staff at all levels.”
Additionally, Evans has moved the city’s three receptionist positions under the direction of City Clerk Vanessa Bueras.