City reorganization continues
The reorganization of city government under City Manager Josh Kay continues.
In February, Kay outlined a reorganization proposal that could save the city $1.2 million annually, but result in some city employees losing their jobs. The key component of the reorganization is improving city services, Kay told the Washington City Council in February.
In a press release, Kay announced the appointments of three people to new positions created within the reorganization plan. The appointments become official Monday.
“I am excited about the announcement of these individuals to their new positions within the City of Washington organization. They each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will continue to move our organization forward in the future. I believe that they each are the right fit for these positions and will allow us to continue to evaluate our reorganization plan and its impacts on the services to our customers and citizens,” Kay said in the release.
John Rodman, the city’s director of planning and community development, will become the interim Community and Cultural Services director. With his new position, Rodman will oversee the city’s planning, inspections, library and parks and recreation divisions.
Matt Rauschenbach, the city’s chief financial officer since 2009, will become Administrative Services director. He will supervise the finance, customer-service, information-technology, purchasing and human-resources divisions.
Kristi Hardison, the city’s recreation events and facilities manager since 2008, was named the Parks and Recreation manager. Hardison will oversee all operations within the Parks and Recreation division, including the Senior Center, Hildred T. Moore Aquatics and Fitness Center, events and facilities and the Washington docks.
The reorganization would occur during a three-year transition period, giving the council and city officials enough time to implement the plan and modify it if needed, Kay said in February.
In addition to cutting annual operational expenses by at least $1.2 million, implementing the plan would create efficiencies in city government by combining “like” resources to allow greater flexibility in providing services to the public and providing shared support services in similar departments, according to the plan. Under the plan the city would fully analyze the services it offers to eliminate those services that are not fully or efficiently utilized or expand services that are most important to the city’s residents and customers, according to the proposal.
The proposal would combine existing city departments into four departments: police and fire services, community and cultural services, public services and administrative services. The reorganization would focus the city’s resources into those four departments, according to the proposal.
Stacy Drakeford is serving as interim director of Police and Fire Services. He began his duties April 2.