Senior jobs could be under threat at the Dunedin City Council
as chief executive Paul Orders uses the sudden departure of a
general manager to begin a wholesale review of the
organisation's senior management structure.
''As circumstances change, so we should restructure,'' Mr
Orders told the Otago Daily Times yesterday.
An interim management structure has been put in place to
reallocate the work of former general manager of finance and
resources Athol Stephens, who quit abruptly last Thursday. Mr
Orders says his attention will now turn to the wider
organisation. Under the new arrangements, which are effective
immediately, Mr Stephens' portfolios have been allocated to
General manager city strategy and development Dr Sue Bidrose
takes responsibility for finance and general manager
operations, Tony Avery takes responsibility for the customer
services agency, while the city property, business
information services and human resources teams will report
directly to Mr Orders.
A small number of lower level managers will take on
additional responsibilities in the short term.
The marketing and communications team will report to
governance manager Sandy Graham, aquatic services to parks
and recreation services manager Mick Reece, city planning and
development to resource consents manager Alan Worthington,
museums, arts and culture to library services manager Bernie
Hawke, and business improvements and energy to corporate
policy manager Nicola Pinfold.
Mr Orders previously said Mr Stephens' departure was not part
of a plan to cut costs. Yesterday he said the interim
structure had been worked out since then.
He said he would now turn his attention to permanent
organisational arrangements and would not only be focusing on
the finance and resources department.
''What I want to is to create a new management structure that
will benefit the wider organisation at a time when we're
working to deliver savings, and a structure that can manage
those savings effectively.''
Mr Orders, who has found millions of dollars of savings in
council operations so far, has been in the job for 18 months.
He carried out an initial restructure of the senior
management team when he arrived, with the loss of two senior
management positions, and yesterday said he believed it was
good practice periodically to revisit management structures.
He said he saw Mr Stephens' departure as an opportunity.
''My view is that businesses and organisations throughout the
city are managing change and looking at how to do things
differently, and so should we.''
He could not say when a new leadership team would be in
place, but the the restructure would be a ''minimum,
He was not a chief executive who came in and did nothing, he
''I've not come here to sit on my hands.''