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NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: October 28, 2013 Contact: Alex Roth, 619-228-3253
Interim Mayor Gloria Announces Plan to Streamline City Operations
Proposal will increase speed of decision-making, improve accountability 
SAN DIEGO, CA (Oct. 28, 2013)
 
 –
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria thanked the City Council for approving aplan Monday that will
streamline the city’s government, making it more efficient and accountable and
helping the 10,000-employee operation run as smoothly as possible.The plan includes a)
changing the city’s management structure
to improve communication and speed updecision-making; b) making sure talented staffers are trained for promotion and c) conducting a top-to-bottom study of the entire bureaucracy to find efficiencies.
“The end result will be a government that runs more smoothly,
responds more quickly to the public
and spends taxpayer money as wisely as possible,”
Gloria said
.
“This isn’t a radical overhaul but
rather a series of strategic, common-sense tweaks.
Gloria
’s p
roposal, approved unanimously by the Council on Monday, will cost roughly $1.1 million a year. Itwill
create three new executive management positions, bringing the city’s total number of executive
management positions to six
 –
on par with cities such as San Jose and Dallas. As is stands, San Diegohas only three such managers to oversee its sprawling operations
 –
every imaginable public service fromwater treatment to library operations to development permitting to street repairs
to managing the city’s
finances. Among other things, the plan will also create a new Department of Planning, Neighborhoods and EconomicDevelopment, enabling the city to think and act on a broader and longer-range scale about issues of development and growth. This department will include several cutting-edge features, including a CivicInnovation Lab charged with identifying and road-testing innovative ideas about urban design and civicengagement. As part of the plan, the city will also take an aggressive approach to training talented employees throughan annual series of leadership and management academies. The result will be a deeper bench of talentwith institutional knowledge. The city can save time and money in the long-run by promoting from withinrather than being forced to hire from outside the organization to fill top posts.In addition, the proposal calls for hiring a national expert to study the entire city operation, looking for waysto run things better and save money. The expert, Stephen Goldsmith, has the unusual distinction of receiving praise for his work from both taxpayer-advocacy organizations and public-employee unions.Gloria thanked Chief Operating Officer Walt Ekard, who is stepping aside this week, and Assistant Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick, who is scheduled to be confirmed Tuesday as chief operating officer, for their work on this proposal.Chadwick said the new structure means
“the city will be better prepared to address issues in a
proactive manner. Better oversight and succession planning will ensure the city achieves greater accountability, increased transparency and improved collaboration and communication with allstakeholders.
I’m excited for the City and look forward to improving our collective relationships
sothat we are truly the C
ity of San Diego Team that will make our citizens proud.”
 
News from
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria
City of San Diego

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