Mark Taylor
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The Gardner City Council is considering a restructuring of its management system.
The council tabled action July 16 that would eliminate the assistant city administration position and bring back the community development position.
The assistant city administrator job was vacated earlier this year when Melissa Mundt left to accept a job in Ames, Iowa.
The community development position was eliminated in 2010, as a result of the sluggish economy.
The council tabled the ordinance to allow time for new City Administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee to review it.
Harrison-Lee started work on July 16.
Mike Press, interim city administrator, proposed the changes.
Press has been working in Gardner on a temporary basis while the city council searches for a permanent city administrator.
His last day on the job is July 31.
In addition to eliminating the assistant city administrator position and reinstating the community development director position, the ordinance proposes assigning the previous responsibilities of the assistant administrator to the finance director.
The previous salary allocated to the city administrator will be applied toward the community development director.
It will also go toward compensating the finance director for the additional workload.
“With the position vacancy afforded by the departure of the assistant city administrator, staff is proposing some changes to address the workload and reorganize the department more efficiently, while still maintaining the necessary executive leadership and support required of the administrative division,” Press said. “This can be done without increasing the costs to the city, at least initially, and until further assessment can be made of requirements going forward.”