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City Hall eliminates four management positions as it prepares to fill newly created, flood-recovery director post

In City Hall on June 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm

City Hall is preparing to eliminate four management positions at the same time that it will fill a newly created, top-echelon post of flood-recovery director.

On Wednesday, the City Council will be asked to eliminate two police captain positions, an animal control supervisor slot and a housing and zoning manager position. In addition, the council will be asked to eliminate three non-management posts: a police detective position, an animal control kennel worker position and a code enforcement customer service position.

Two of the seven positions — the animal control supervisor and housing/zoning manager posts — will result in layoffs. The other five positions are eliminations of position, not employees. Police Chief Greg Graham, for instance, had planned to reduce the number of police captains as some captains retired.

This week, too, the council will extend the city’s existing employee severance package program, which it created back in 2007 when the city eliminated the positions of several top managers and directors in a City Hall reorganization.

As for the new flood-recovery director job, the City Council last night held an open house for the six applicants who will interview for the post. The council is expected to approve a choice by the end of the month.

The flood-recovery job is an unusual one in that the costs of the new public employee will be paid, in part, by the private sector.