Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell announced a further restructuring of the city’s management organizational flowchart during the Federal Way City Council’s April 15 meeting.
He said that four departments are being moved from under the city attorney’s purview to the mayor’s office, and he also reiterated the separation of a number of departments that had been consolidated as a response in the last four years to the economic downturn.
“We have taken the City Clerk’s office, Human Resources, the IT department and emergency management … (and) moved all of those into the mayor’s office and under the direct supervision of Brian Wilson, our chief of staff,” Ferrell said. “Those divisions used to be under the city attorney, and it seemed much more logical to have those functions in the mayor’s office.”
Ferrell revisited the move to separate out the Economic Development and Community Development offices, a move announced on April 1. Patrick Doherty will remain in charge of the Community Development office, and will also continue to work on the proposed Performing Arts and Conference Center, the mayor noted.
The Council also voted on April 1 to recreate the position of Economic Development director, and the city is continuing to search for the right individual for that position, Ferrell said.
The mayor also revisited the separation of the Parks and Public Works departments, saying that for the time being, Marwan Salloum will head up the Public Works department, while Ken Miller will be in charge of the Parks department.
This move, said Ferrell, was done “because of all kinds of things,” most notably the departure of Cary Roe for the city of Kennewick’s Public Works department.