Mayor announces organizational updates

Structure better aligns resources to deliver best outcomes

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon announced updates to the City’s organizational structure today that will better align resources to deliver the best outcomes for the community.

Utility, street and engineering services will move into a new Public Works division led by Scott Simmons. A consolidated Neighborhood and Business Services division, under the leadership of Jonathan Mallahan, will integrate planning, developer services and parking into what was previously Neighborhood Services to better align City customer service efforts. Rick Romero, the division director for the former Utilities division, announced his intention to retire this spring and will assist with the transition of his responsibilities. Additionally, Tim Dunivant, who has served as budget director, will join the Cabinet as director of finance and administration.

“Working together we will fulfill the shared vision of a Spokane that is safer, thriving and full of new opportunities,” Condon said. “Rick Romero has served this community tirelessly and with great passion. The City is better for his significant contributions and we appreciate his continued assistance as we better align resources to community needs.”

Functional areas in each of the division will emphasize integrated solutions and enhance communication within the organization. Those areas will also be more closely aligned to City Council committees to more clearly define points of contact at the leadership level. The changes will occur over the next several months and will be headcount neutral.