The City Manager’s Office provides general oversight and management of the City as an organization in accordance with both internal and City Council policies. Working directly with City Council, the City Manager’s office ensures successful implementation of community priorities and policy objectives. The City Manager’s Office provides management and administrative oversight for City operations and services including economic development programs, and the Energy Conservation Division. In addition, the City Manager’s office prepares recommendations and implements the policy direction approved by the Council, handles special projects, and tracks state and federal legislative activities. The City Manager’s Office also provides the framework for citywide organizational structure, leadership, and service delivery.
- Brought a Communications Officer, an Emergency Operations Coordinator and an Economic Development Specialist to the City Manager’s office to fill vital needs in the City.
- Established an intergovernmental agreement between Southern Oregon University, Ashland School District and the City for Emergency Operation’s needs.
- Addressed an anticipated budget deficit and preserved $2.39 million in capital funds for Parks and Recreation while also creating an emergency reserve of $1.7 million.
- Established an emergency shelter agreement with Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA).
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- Update the City’s website to ensure accurate and timely information and improve the City’s communication with the Community as well as a regular newsletter for both the Community and City Employees.
- Update City Administrative Polices
- Support the City Council’s Vision, Values and Priorities through budget and expenditure processes and the general direction of the City.
- Support departments in the pursuit of their goals and service delivery needs.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FROM 2021-2023
- Addition of 1 FTE Communications Officer
- Addition of 1 FTE Emergency Management Coordinator
- Increase of .5 FTE Management Analyst
- $30,000 Emergency Management Funds moved from the Fire Department to the City Manager’s Budget
- Coordinated branding effort with community partners.
- Obtaining a permanent location and operational plan for emergency weather sheltering.
- Support for the University District initiative.