City departments to combine
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/28/2011 04:08:41 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city’s government will soon be shrinking.

To address $3.1 million in cuts to the 2011-12 fiscal year budget, City Manager Stephen Dunn has developed a plan to combine city departments and lay off up to 15 people.

“Right now, the news for the day is I’m realigning some departments and the organization’s structure to make us a little more effective and efficient,” Dunn said.

All city departments will be realigned. For example, Dunn will combine the City Clerk’s Office with the Human Resources and Finance departments.

As part of the realignment, Dunn is looking to lay off 15 executive and mid-level managers, which includes some department heads. The cuts could save up to $2.5 million.

“There have been some department heads that I don’t have a role for going into the future and they were told that (Monday). As far as me releasing those details, I prefer to wait another week or so,” he said.

Dunn said the details of the plan should be finalized by the first Saturday in August, when he expects to hold a budget workshop with the City Council.

Dunn said he is focusing on trimming management.

“I’m going to realign the departments, realign my managers and then based on the outcome of that, then we’ll look further into the organization and see if there’s additional cuts,” Dunn said.

By consolidating city departments, Dunn can address concerns over the cost of executive management compensation packages as well as ensure the city runs more efficiently with fewer employees on the payroll.

“I’m focusing on management because I want them to do their job in managing their people and making their people accountable and productive so we get the most bang for our buck,” Dunn said.

The City Council approved the budget on June 13 with $3.1 million in cuts that still needed to be identified.

They approved dipping into the city’s reserve budget to address an additional $1.5 million in one-time expenditures.

Several factors have led to the cuts, including low sales and property tax revenues as well as increased pension and personnel costs.

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