Six get raises, but $150K annual savings expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted March 20, 2016 at 5:38 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council recently approved what City Manager Doug Robertson described as a “fairly small reorganization” — one expected to give Robertson more time to focus on development and work through the strategic plan adopted last week on the dais.

Maybe most significantly, the city will not pursue replacing Director of Public Works Sean McGlade, who left the city eight months ago. Instead, the city will eliminate that position altogether and task Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler with overseeing two top officials who had been splitting McGlade’s duties since his departure and who have “been doing well,” according to a city staff report.

The Council agreed last Tuesday to place the departments of Public Works and Water division chief Doug Mathews and City Engineer Brian Gengler under Metzler’s purview and also shift the Community Services Department to Bill Webb, whose title will change from deputy city manager to assistant city manager.

The change-up means that Metzler and Webb will each have four department head-level positions reporting to them in moves that sought to create “a more hierarchical set-up in the city,” Robertson said.

But the reorganization also promises to save the city $150,000 annually by doing away with the contracted public works director role, even as it calls for salary raises for six positions — five with changed titles — that officials say reflect the expanded responsibility under the new layout.

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