SIOUX CITY | A shuffling of responsibilities at City Hall has consolidated departments and added duties for executive-level employees.
Conceived by City Manager Bob Padmore, the reorganization essentially redistributes Padmore’s former assistant city manager obligations overseeing three departments to current department heads. The City Council approved the plan this month.
“It’s a streamlining of city organizations and realigning of some of the departments to match the skills and expertise that our employees have,” Padmore said.
The shake-up saved $190,816 in the fiscal 2015 budget approved this year by reallocating those duties and eliminating two positions without adding any new positions, Padmore said.
One of the eliminated positions is the transit/fleet/purchasing manager, which paid $115,620 in salary and benefits and was formerly held by Mike Collett. In his new role as assistant city manager for administration, Collett will continue managing transit operations and also will lead the administrative services division, which handles customer service and maintenance of buildings, parking lots and skywalks.
Collet said his new position will require him to be more involved in communicating with the City Council, while letting supervisors already in place continue to “handle the heavy lifting.” A background in finance and history working on projects will help him succeed, he said.
“Right now it’s a lot of transition,” Collett said. “I’m kind of in the place right now where I’m trying to let go from what I had and going through a learning curve for what I’m taking on.”
Collett’s former fleet responsibilities pertaining to the central maintenance, transit and airport garages will now be managed by the Department of Public Works, led by Jade Dundas, whose new title is assistant city manager for public works.
Dundas and Collett both received raises landing them in the executive pay range of $91,251 to $127,778. They also will act as city managers at times when Padmore is absent.
“They both serve as department directors and oversee department-level functions,” Padmore said. “So they’re not just standalone assistant city managers that report to me. They’re actually full-fledged department directors.”
Collett’s former purchasing duties and some of Padmore’s finance duties will now be handled within the finance department, led by Donna Forker, whose new title is finance director.
Forker’s former position of budget and financial manager position will be downgraded and posted for hiring, and one of the department's budget analyst positions will be eliminated, Padmore said.
The shuffling also combines economic and community development into one department headed by Marty Dougherty, former director of economic development.
Dougherty and Forker received 5 percent raises, placing their salaries in a scale ranging from $82,768 to $118,314.
Neither Padmore nor Mayor Bob Scott were concerned that the added responsibilities for city officials might become too burdensome.
“That’s why we hire managers,” Scott said. “If (Padmore) feels this is the right way to approach it, I’m at least going to support him. Then we’ll go down the road and address it then if it becomes a problem.”