Mayor-elect Ralph Becker is seeking new leadership for Salt Lake City's community development and management services departments.
Louis Zunguze is out as the city's director of community development, which oversees planning and zoning, housing, business licensing, building services, transportation and the Arts Council, Becker announced Friday. The mayor-elect said he's been in discussions with Zunguze about another city position.
Mary De LaMare-Schaefer, who had been deputy director of the department, will be acting director while a search is conducted for a new leadership for the restructured department. Economic development will be folded into the department, which will return to its former name, the Department of Community and Economic Development.
"We are at a crossroads in our history," Becker said. "With Downtown Rising, an aggressive schedule for transit improvements and an ambitious set of 'blueprints' for our neighborhoods and community, I want to fully engage this arm of the city to most effectively serve our residents, visitors and businesses."
The city's management services department, which includes the accounting, human resources, treasurer and recorder offices, will no longer fall under the jurisdiction of the chief administrative officer. Former deputy director Steve Fawcett will head the department on an interim basis.
Becker also announced plans to retain five department heads in their current positions: Chris Burbank, police chief; Ed Rutan, city attorney; Maureen Riley, airport director; Richard Graham, public services; and Jeff Niermeyer, public utilities.
Dennis McKone, who has been serving as acting fire chief since Aug. 31, will remain in that position while a search is conducted for a new fire chief.
Earlier in the week, Becker announced three new appointments to his executive/support staff, as well as his plans to retain at least two members of Mayor Rocky Anderson's administration.
David Everitt, who served as Becker's campaign manager, will be chief of staff of the new administration; former state senator Karen Hale will be Becker's communications director; and local attorney Ben McAdams will be senior advisor for intergovernmental affairs.
The mayor-elect will retain Lyn Creswell as chief administrative officer and Ed Butterfield as economic development manager.
Becker also announced earlier this week that the structure of the mayor's office will be a little different than it has been under previous administrations. Becker, who will be sworn in Jan. 7, said his staff will be organized under three primary functions: communications, intergovernmental relations and policy coordination.
As Becker's chief of staff, Everitt will supervise the day-to-day operations of the mayor's office and will coordinate the efforts of those three functions.
Hale will organize and direct communications with constituents, city departments and the media. She also will indirectly oversee the Salt Lake Solutions program for proactively addressing community issues.
McAdams will coordinate the policy function and work closely with analysts throughout the city's departments to develop and implement the mayor-elect's 180-day plan and "blueprints."
Becker has not yet selected a senior adviser for policy, an education partnership coordinator or a sustainability director. The office of diversity also will undergo changes, as issues of diversity and human rights are combined into one function.Becker plans to announce the status of those appointments in early January.
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