Gahanna is planning a departmental reorganization that would save almost $10,000 following the resignation of service director Terry Emery.

Gahanna is planning a departmental reorganization that would save almost $10,000 following the resignation of service director Terry Emery.

Human resources director Kristen Treadway told council May 23 that a lot of time is spent evaluating personnel when an opening becomes available.

"We look to see if there's a better way to do business," she said.

Former deputy service director Dottie Franey has been promoted to service director, and she and Mayor Becky Stinchcomb have chosen assistant city engineer Mike Andrako as the new deputy director of public service.

As a result, Treadway said, the administration has determined not to fill the assistant-city-engineer position and instead move the extensive construction project management duties to a project administrator, who would report to the deputy director of public services.

"In essence, the current city engineer would perform all design, funding source and consultation of projects, and the new project administrator would take over all communication, coordination and inspection of the projects after 'the shovels hit the ground,'" Treadway said.

She said the change would result in a savings of $9,873 because of the project administrator being paid a grade 36, as opposed to a grade 38 as assistant city engineer.

"This position will create far more efficiency and better communication within the services department," Treadway said. "In addition, this position will perform approximately 10 percent of the capital improvement-project inspections, which will result in an estimated savings of $19,000 per year currently paid out to inspectors."

Franey said tasks have been redistributed logically.

"We did what made sense so everyone could handle what's on their plates," she said.

Andrako said duties had been duplicated.

"We're rearranging duties so there's more efficiency," he said.

Council will consider legislation to create the project administrator position, as well as a supplemental appropriation to fund it.

Treadway said 75 percent of the funding for the position would come from the stormwater, water and sewer funds (25 percent each), resulting in a total savings to the general fund of $36,675 for the remainder of 2011.

"This amount is in addition to the annual savings of $9,873," she said.