POMONA — Over the adamant objections of one member, the City Council this week approved a reorganization plan proposed by City Administrator A.J. Wilson to streamline city government.
The plan, approved by the council in a 4-1 vote, will eliminate the city's management services department, as well as one position each in the building and personnel departments, for a projected savings in the General Fund of $100,000 a year.
The reorganization will create two deputy city administrator positions and add four employees to the city's Redevelopment Agency. The expansion of the community development department is in response to a Los Angeles County grand jury report issued earlier this year, which found the department to be understaffed.
Salaries totaling about $100,000 for the four new employees would come from the Redevelopment Agency's budget.
Community Development Director Sanford Sorenson will become the city's deputy city administrator-development, a position that will allow him to represent the city administrator in negotiations with developers. He will also oversee a newly formed development department, which will combine the functions of the buildings and planning departments, as well as public works and water departments.