New Richmond restructures, promotes from within
The City of New Richmond is re-shuffling its organizational chart.
City Administrator Mike Darrow announced last week that three employees have been promoted to newly established positions within the city's hierarchy. Darrow said he's been working on the reorganization plan for about six months. The plan was recently approved by the City Council and the New Richmond Utilities Commission.
"I'm really excited about it," he said. "I see it as a big improvement. It will help improve upon our staffing and our efficiency."
Under the new organizational chart, Nancy Petersen, the former utility finance and accounting manager, will serve as the city's finance director, overseeing the city and utility finance operations. She will work closely with budgeting and day-to-day operations of the city.
Dan Koski, the former city engineer and street superintendent, will serve as the public works director, overseeing streets, wastewater, water and parks departments.
Beth Thompson, who most recently served as the economic development specialist for the city, will serve as the director of community and economic development. She will now oversee the planning, economic development, building, information technology, front desk and clerk operations in the city.
"Nancy, Dan and Beth all exemplify a commitment to the city as well as to working with staff, stakeholders and residents, businesses and elected officials," Darrow said. "Over the next several months, we will be working with our staff to ease into this transition."
Under the reorganization, Darrow will now be the direct supervisor of five departmental supervisors - Petersen, Thompson, Koski, Friday Memorial Library Director Scott Vrieze and New Richmond Regional Airport Manager Mike Demulling.
Prior to the changes, 14 supervisors reported directly to Darrow.
The changes were made in an effort to improve communication within the city, and to establish a more manageable chain of command, Darrow said.
When asked about the roles Planning and Community Development Director Robert Barbian and Parks and Recreation Director Joe Kerlin will play in the reconstituted organization, Darrow said some responsibilities may be shifted but all existing employees will play key roles in the future.
"They'll still be important members of our staff," Darrow said. "Nobody is losing their job. It's just restructuring."
Darrow emphasized that the city and its residents are fortunate to have such a top-notch team of public employees who work hard to keep the community functioning smoothly.
"We have a phenomenal staff," he said.
Darrow said everyone is committed to moving New Richmond boldly into the future, and the new organizational structure will be a tool to help the community prosper.