Modesto now has two deputy city managers for the first time in more than a decade.
The City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday evening to approve City Manager Jim Holgersson’s reorganization plan, which includes creating a second deputy city manager position. 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.
And Modesto has been without its only deputy city manager since last month when Dee Williams-Ridley left the city.
Holgersson appointed Administrative Services Director Joe Lopez and Community and Economic Development Director Brent Sinclair as acting deputy city managers. Each will be paid $168,251 annually.
As part of the reorganization, the administrative services department is being eliminated. Sinclair will appoint someone on an interim basis to run the community and economic development 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 July. The officer would oversee information technology.
A 2013 reorganization study by 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 and develop relationships with the city’s key partners.