Thunder Bay New Corporate Structure
THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – Thunder Bay City Council have approved a new corporate structure designed to better position the City of Thunder Bay for succession planning and implementation of major strategic initiatives and projects. “Council is pleased the new structure furthers its vision to be a best-run City by balancing organizational efficiencies with effective strategic management and succession planning,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.
Weather-Related Budget Problems
“With our recent weather-related budget challenge, the community knows we are looking at all options for cost savings. At the same time, we are committed to ongoing corporate renewal and fostering a work environment that attracts and retains employees to meet the service and program needs of our residents.”
Effective July 1, 2014, the new corporate structure will reduce city departments from five down by one to four – Community Services, Development & Emergency Services, Infrastructure & Operations and Corporate Services & Long-Term Care – and one General Manager position will be eliminated.
In announcing the restructuring, City Manager Tim Commisso thanked Greg Alexander, General Manager of the current Community & Emergency Services Department who is retiring June 27, 2014: “Greg has been instrumental in helping build a strong management foundation during his more than 20 years of service to the City. He will be missed and his positive contributions to the community will continue to be felt for many years to come.”
“The primary goal of the reorganization was to achieve greater corporate efficiencies and continue to build a strong management structure for service delivery across all City departments,” said Commisso. “This new corporate structure streamlines operations while maintaining our commitment to customer-focused service delivery, further balances the General Manager portfolios and establishes seven Director positions from among existing management positions in the departments to strengthen overall corporate strategic oversight and enhance succession planning.”
The changes will produce net savings in 2014 of $80,000 which have been factored into the deficit management strategy approved by Committee of the Whole on April 28, 2014.