Staff reorganization will save city up to $25,000 per year
A reorganization of city staff is expected to save up to $25,000 per year, Newark officials said.
City council unanimously approved the plan last week.
Most notably, the reorganization eliminates the position of deputy city manager, which is currently vacant, and replaces it with a lowerpaid human resources and labor relations manager.
Acting City Manager Tom Coleman said human resources was the primary function of the deputy city manager, and renaming the position avoids creating an heir-apparent to the city manager.
“It is our opinion that having a deputy city manager who is the heir-apparent to the city manager position but is not hired directly by city council is not likely to be successful long term,” Coleman said.
The move will avoid another awkward situation like what happened when Carol Houck resigned as city manager last year. In a surprise move, council tapped Coleman to serve in the acting role, passing over Deputy City Manager Andrew Haines, who later left Newark for a job in Pennsylvania.
The reorganization also renames the information technology manager position, which is currently vacant, and drops it to a lower pay grade.
Meanwhile, Assistant to the Managers Mark Brainard Jr. will become assistant to the city manager and be raised three pay grades in exchange for taking on extra duties, including overseeing the city’s lobbyist and representing the city manager at meetings and events he cannot attend.
The position changes will result in a net savings of $19,116 to $25,392, depending on where individual employees fall within their pay grade.
“This is the kind of thoughtful consideration I and other council members have been asking for,” Councilwoman Jen Wallace said.