Back on November 2 we ran a short story about what appeared to be a STAFF EXPANSION at City Hall in the office of Mayor. Turns out it is indeed an expansion–sort of.
We repeatedly asked Team Dave’s press agent for information (was it expansion, replacement, shift of personnel, filling a vacancy, etc.?) and he stonewalled. This past week we filed a formal request for public documents and hit the mother lode when it comes to juicy tidbits and obfuscation (“render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible” for you non-library types).
Short version is they lost a fulltimer at the office of Police Ombudsman due to lack of police misconduct. The ombudsman will use a part time investigator as needed. They moved some funds around and got another assistant for Team Dave for about $25K extra. It is all explained in this MEMO TO COUNCIL from Jade Riley, the guy who really runs city government for Team Dave:
I wanted to provide you with some additional information regarding hiring an Administrative Assistant within the Mayor’s Office as outlined in my October 19th memo (attached). Initially, I was requesting that Council approve increasing the current vacant FTE from .73 to full-time. After further discussions, however, we have developed a strategy to achieve this result without any change in citywide FTE allocation.
The revised proposal seeks to reallocate resources between the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Finance & Administration. The Mayor’s Office would repurpose a vacant 0.73 FTE with PCN and budget from the Assistant Ombudsman position, and DFA would transfer 0.27 FTE without the PCN or associated budget from an existing vacant 1.0 FTE position in the City Clerk’s office.
The remaining budget necessary to complete the position in the Mayor’s Office (approximately $25,000) would come from the workforce contingency controlled by Human Resources. Because DFA is not eliminating the position, its budget would remain in its department. The net effect of this transfer would be budget-neutral and would not result in an FTE increase. This is an approach used by departments citywide to adjust to changing customer demands, workloads and economic conditions.
While the above reallocation of resources does not require Council approval, I would appreciate feedback by Tuesday, November 3rd regarding this approach before moving forward with filling the position.
Say wha?? STILL no word if they hired anyone or who it may be.
FROM POET PAUL
A mayor’s assistant job was created
Without even being debated
What the Mayor’s guy wrote
Is too long to quote
As Riley’s position is “Jaded”!
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