County reorganization to save $200,000 a year
SUMMIT COUNTY – In a move that will save Summit County about $200,000 annually, the government has undergone a reorganization. The changes, highlighted by the addition of dual assistant managers, went into effect Monday.
As assistant county managers, Steve Hill and Sue Boyd oversee eight to 10 departments each. The changes are designed to simplify the government organization, dropping it from 28 departments and divisions to 22 departments.
The changes likely won’t be noticeable to the average Summit County citizen, said county manager Ron Holliday.
“I hope what it means is seamless service, and if anything, an improvement here or there with speedy delivery of service,” he said. “Most of all, I hope our service stays at the high quality it is.
“From the county perspective, the service will be delivered more efficiently and effectively and at a cost savings.”
No jobs were lost in the restructuring, though one position will be left unfilled and two other positions went from full-time to part-time.
Jack Benson, the county’s road and bridge director, leaves the county later this month to become Dillon’s town manager. His position will remain unfilled, and employees in the road and bridge department now will answer to Hill.
“The reorganization of our structure should not be taken as a cloud on anyone’s performance,” said County Commissioner Tom Long. “Everything is pretty top-notch. It’s just that this organization has bulked in some areas where we thought we could create some efficiencies.”
Hill and Boyd are happy with the changes. Boyd had thrown her hat in the ring for the county manager position, and when it went to Holliday, she said she “kept an open mind.”
“I’ve only known about the specifics of this a day or two,” she said. “In terms of my professional career, I’m very happy about it.”
Hill is, too.
“I’ve been community development director here for 10 years now,” he said. “I think we’ve built some viable and effective programs. I think this provides me an opportunity to expand my service to Summit County.”
Then and Now
– Marilyn Repsher and Abby Cobb, now full-time employees, will go to half time under the restructuring. Repsher was director of human services and as of Monday became director of special projects. Those projects include helping to bring a hospital to Summit County. Formerly director of public safety, Cobb is emergency
– Steve Hill, formerly community development director, is now the assistant county manager for facilities and transportation. That includes road and bridge, planning, transit and building inspection, among others.
– Sue Boyd’s title doesn’t change, though her duties do. She remains assistant county manager but now supervises community services, such as the library, social services, emergency services and open space.
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