Modesto could have two deputy city managers for the first time in more than a decade under a reorganization the City Council will consider Tuesday night.
City Manager Jim Holgersson will ask council members to approve his plan, which includes other personnel changes and would cost the city $41,418 annually, according to a city report.
Holgersson said if the council approves his plan, he will appoint Administrative Services Director Joe Lopez as acting deputy city manager for support and Community and Economic Development Director Brent Sinclair as acting deputy city manager for operations.
Lopez would oversee human resources, finance, information technology, public relations, and innovation and performance management. Sinclair would oversee public works; utilities; community and economic development; and parks, recreation and neighborhoods. Each would be paid $168,251 annually. Lopez now makes $158,813 and Sinclair makes $149,083.
Holgersson said he expects Lopez and Sinclair would serve as acting deputy city managers for about six months. He said that would give him and them enough time to determine whether it makes sense for them to have the jobs permanently.
Modesto’s municipal code authorizes two deputy city managers, but one of the positions was cut from the budget in the city’s 2004-05 fiscal year. Modesto has been without a deputy city manager since Dee Williams-Ridley left in January to become Berkeley’s deputy city manager.
Holgersson’s plan would eliminate the administrative services department director and department. They were created in July as part of a citywide reorganization. The department includes human resources and information technology. The plan also would eliminate the parks, recreation and neighborhoods director position, which has not been filled permanently for more than a year. An acting manager is running the department.
The plan also calls for re-establishing the position of chief information officer, which was vacant for about a year when it was eliminated in the July reorganization. The officer would oversee information technology. Sinclair will appoint an interim director to oversee community and economic development.
A 2013 reorganization study by the consulting and accounting firm Moss-Adams, which serves as the city’s auditor, recommended the creation of the second deputy city manager position. The study said the city manager had too many day-to-day responsibilities and a second deputy city manager would give the city manager more time to look at big-picture issues facing the city and develop relationships with the city’s key partners.
The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.
Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2316.