The County will transform its existing four commission administrative structure into two commissions – a Commission of Engineering,
Development and Works (formerly Commission of Public Works) and a Commission of Corporate Services and Finance.
The Commission of Recreation, Parks and Culture will be disassembled and integrated into the two remaining commissions and the Community Development Department. The Planning and Building Department will report to the Commissioner of Engineering, Development and Works.
Merlin Dewing, Chief Administrative Officer, says the while the commissioner positions in Recreation Parks and Culture and Planning and Building Services will be eliminated, there is potential opportunity for these employees to re-integrate into the new structure. Changes to the commissioner positions will be implemented mid-summer.
Dewing says a more in depth assessment of the County’s administrative needs will continue through late summer and early fall.
“All administrative layers will be evaluated, reviewed and adjusted as necessary, starting at the top of the corporate structure and moving through all staffing layers below,” Dewing said in a press release. “Significant efforts are being made to minimize impact on County employees through early retirement initiatives, attrition, and employee reassignment.
“It is too early to confirm what other positions will ultimately be eliminated, be created, or remain unchanged, but we anticipate an overall reduction in management positions as well as our overall staff complement,” says Dewing. “Initially, we are making fundamental changes to our upper level management structure, and will continue making adjustments to each staffing level from the top down. To change the way we do business, we need to change our structure. While this won’t change the types of services we provide, it will change the way we deliver them.”
The new structure, he says, aims to ensure “the number of management positions is proportionate to the corporation’s needs, and by utilizing staff skills and resources effectively and appropriately in the delivery of County services as an integral piece of our ongoing sustainability efforts.”
He said the County’s corporate realignment is not limited to organizational structure, “but will also refresh all aspects of the way the County does business to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.”
Robert McAuley, Commissioner of Engineering, Development and Works and Susan Turnbull, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Finance will be given additional responsibilities to complement their existing portfolio, and absorb some responsibilities and staff of Recreation, Parks and Culture and Planning and Building Services.
To support this realignment, both the newly created Community Development Department and the Human Resources Department will now report directly to the CAO.
Dewing says the Community Development Department will have a broad mandate, not only leading Community Development, but working with the newly created Community Development Commission to create the Community Development Strategic Plan, providing input for the Corporate Strategic Plan, and implementing a one window approach for development proposals.
“The department will also be using culture and heritage assets
as economic drivers, overseeing grants and applications, managing County real estate sales and leasing, and providing assistance to small businesses including business retention and expansion.”
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