City to reorganize several management positions
A few qualified city employees will take over some key management positions within city government.
Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker and City Clerk Pat Salome presented city council members with a new organizational chart during Tuesday’s (Sept. city council meeting. The primary purpose of the reorganization, officials said, is to place qualified workers in positions that better utilize that individual’s skill set.
Salome said he believes the reorganization will benefit the city by increasing the level of efficiency in several departments.
“We’re taking the skilled people we have and placing them where we need them. The changes will make the departments a lot more productive,” said Salome.
The reorganization would allow several departments to combine their responsibilities and resources and be managed by a single superintendent or director. The reorganization would not effect the financing of projects for each department. Each department would maintain it’s own individual budget.
“Departments still have separate budgets, we’re just consolidating for management,” Salome said during a post-meeting interview.
Salome said he looks forward to the day when he will have to match the city’s job descriptions with the job descriptions given on the organizational charts. The longtime clerk reminisced of a time when personnel issues were not as complicated.
“When I first started working here, there were no job descriptions. You were expected to show up to work everyday and that was it,” said Salome.
With the reorganization in place the landfill, recycling and solid waste departments will be managed by newly appointed superintendent Mike Lucero. Lucero will be responsible for supervising all three departments on a daily basis and working closely with the wastewater, production and environmental compliance superintendent, Dixie Daniels.
Daniels will be responsible for supervising and managing the operations of the wastewater production operations of the city on a daily basis. The water, park and special projects departments will be managed by superintendent Lloyd Martinez.
Salome said Martinez and Daniels were promoted because of their length of service with the city and the extensive skill sets they bring to each department.
“Lloyd Martinez volunteered to head the city’s landscaping project and has been with the city for more than 25 years,” Salome said. “Dixie has previous lab experience, which will benefit the departments she’ll be overseeing.”
The reorganization is expected to affect 30 percent to 40 percent of the city’s workforce. Salome said he feels change in personnel is inevitable.
“You can’t just pick an organizational structure and expect it to stay the same forever,” he said.