Things are happening fast during the first two days at Ada County under the new Commishes Jim Tibbs and Dave Case.
The post of “Director of Administration” has been eliminated, putting Rich Wright, a former TV newsy out of a $93,663 annual salary job. Wright had been a supporter and protege’ of sorts of former Commish Sharon Ullman.
In a move that no doubt will come into play with the future of the Dynamis trash to energy project, the county’s solid waste department came back into the operations department, which is directed by Dave Logan. Operations oversees county-owned buildings and facilities. Ted Hutchinson will continue to manage the landfill.
Tuesday they took direct control of several county divisions not run by elected officials, including human resources, purchasing, employee benefits and risk management. All formerly part of the Department of Administration.
As reported yesterday, Larry Maneely, another TV newsy has been named “Chief of Staff” for an annual salary of $85,000. The moves are all part of a reorganization by the commishes which included moving some former department of administration positions under direct authority of the Commishes. A quick calculation indicates the new Commishes made a $8,663 cut in the first 24 hours of office.
In a release issued today the county said:
“The Board of Ada County Commissioners announced today that they will begin undertaking some important organizational changes at the County in an effort to achieve greater efficiency and foster improved transparency in government operations.
Commissioners desire more direct oversight into several key County functions, including: Human Resources, Purchasing, Employee Benefits, and Risk Management. These critical functions will now report directly to the Board of Commissioners. Given this reorganization, the Board has determined that the position of Department of Administration Director is no longer vital to support these functions, and has therefore been eliminated.
“We have made it clear our goal is to be more transparent, efficient, and responsive to the public,” Commission Chairman Dave Case stated. “In order to accomplish that, the Board must have a first-hand understanding and direct input into all key business operations of the County. It comes down to running government as it’s intended to be – for the citizens – and to being the best stewards of taxpayer money we can be.”
Commissioners have indicated they will continue to look for ways to create better efficiencies, and will keep the public informed of any future decisions that impact County operations.”
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