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County moves to reorganize structure, hire new deputy administrator

Posted: November 22, 2015 - 12:01am

Columbia County officials announced this week an extensive reorganization of county government that they said would greatly improve efficiency and interaction among various departments.

Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson said the new structure is something he has been working on quite a while.

“This is a long time coming, a major reorganization for the county,” he said. “The county continues to grow and we feel like it is a more efficient way to do business.”

The new structure organizes all county departments under two major divisions, each under the supervision of a deputy county administrator. Deputy Administrator Glenn Kennedy will supervise five directors and another yet to be hired deputy administrator will supervise five other divisions.

County commissioners approved the new structure and the new deputy administrator position at Tuesday’s meeting. The starting salary for the new position will be $121,692. Also under the plan, county Finance Director Leanne Reece was named as the new head of the Internal Services Division, which will include the Finance, Procurement, Fleet Services, Information Technology and Broadband Utility departments.

The overall structure reduces the number of directors and supervisors reporting to Johnson from 15 to five, which will allow him more flexibilty to address issues and focus on projects that need his attention, he said.

The official organization chart will be altered from the traditional multi-tiered structure to a circular chart to reinforce the idea of connectivity among departments, he said.

“This new structure will replace the classic form of local government and will allow all county departments to better interact with one another which in turn, will promote efficiency,” he said in a statement.

Johnson also introduced a new set of core values for the county government – professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence, which are also an acronym for PRIDE.

He said the previous vision statement was too difficult to remember.

“From what I’ve found is that most of our employees are not familiar with that,” he said. “It’s hard to recite, it’s hard to remember, so I tried to come up with something that is more indicative of what we are actually doing on a day to day basis.”

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jbartley

More talk

More talk and the crooks still operating businesses in Columbia county and no one goes to jail! Its time for change not more talk from Scott Johnson telling us how great he is!