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Morrow may re-shuffle deck of departments

City manager wants new org chart approved

The current organizational chart for Morrow’s government went into effect July 1, 2011. (Special Photo)

The current organizational chart for Morrow’s government went into effect July 1, 2011. (Special Photo)

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The proposed changes to Morrow’s organizational chart would shuffle several departments within the city’s administrative structure. (Special Photo)

MORROW — The departments within Morrow’s government may soon be shuffled for the second time in less than three years, according to plans unveiled by the city’s top administrator this week.

City Manager Ronnie Few presented proposed revisions to the city’s organizational chart that will break up some departments and shuffle responsibilities among others Tuesday. He told city council members that he’d like to have them vote later this month on whether the chart should be approved.

The organizational chart was last updated when the current plan went into effect July 1, 2011.

“We’re just moving some people around,” said Few.

But a comparison of the current chart and the proposed re-organization plan shows some significant changes in city government are being put forward for consideration. If approved by the council, some services that residents interact with on a regular basis would undergo changes.

Among Few’s proposed changes are:

• The transfer of Emergency 9-1-1 services from the police department to the public works department. Public Works would also oversee the technology department.

• The splitting up of the Administrative Support Department, which includes finance, human resources and grants. Human Resources and Finance, which already have their own directors, would report directly to Few.

• The breaking up of the Planning and Economic Development Department into separate Economic Development and Community Development departments. The Grants Department would be folded into the proposed Economic Development Department while the building inspector would be put under the auspices of the Community Development Department.

• A hybrid change of control over the municipal court. The judicial wing of city government is currently separate from the administrative wing and reports directly to Mayor J.B. Burke and the city council. The new organizational chart would keep the municipal judge separate from the administrative wing, but court services would report to both Judge Ronald Freeman and Few.

• A similar hybrid change for the Morrow Center which codifies a change in oversight that has already been made. The July 2011 organizational chart lists the Morrow Center as being under the control of the planning and economic development department. However, it was moved late last year to the Morrow Business and Tourism Authority, which is separate the city’s administrative wing. The proposed chart shows both the MBTA and Few would have oversight of the facility.