The City Manager proposes to eliminate and reform city departments.
Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published May 20, 2011
The man in charge of City Hall’s daily affairs on Thursday presented his plan to reorganize City Hall.
Jose Pulido, who became city manager last October, first unveiled his proposal at a special city council meeting on Tuesday, June 22.
His “road map” includes eliminating an entire city department, shaking up two existing city departments, as well as securing professional contracts to make the City become “a high performance organization.”
“I am proposing to reorganize two departments and to dissolve one department, while eliminating three full-time positions and adding three full-time positions,” Pulido wrote in his June 24, 2010 weekly city manager’s report.
The affected city departments include the Community Development, Parks and Recreation, and Public Services departments.
Pulido has proposed to eliminate the Public Services Department, along with its manager and secretary.
For the Parks and Recreation Department, the city manager plans to merge the “Tree Crew” with the existing department. If approved, the merger would become effective June 30.
The city manager also plans to merge existing agencies, the Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Parking, Emergency Preparedness, and Maintenance, with the Community Development Department. If approved, the mergers would also be effective June 30. Eventually, the community development director, a new position created, would be the head of the new department.
Besides eliminating the two Public Services employees, Pulido plans to eliminate the current assistant to the city manager position. He also wants to add a new code enforcement supervisor, as well as an economic development manager who will also serve as an assistant to the city manager.
In addition to personnel changes, Pulido is asking the City Council to approve a number of professional services contracts.
“Through a series of professional services contracts, the City will be in a position to undertake a number of projects and/or programs that will take the City from the dark ages to modern technology,” he said.
For example, one contract would lead to a new City webpage.
The fiscal year budget will still produce a budget surplus of $99,170, which will add to the existing $21 million Temple City has in its general reserves.
However, City Hall employees will have to contribute 1 percent of their salaries toward their pension, have their optional medical benefits reduced, as well as a freeze in salary step increases.
The City Council will be asked to approve Pulido’s budget at the forthcoming meeting on June 29.