Submitted. City Council has endorsed a new organizational structure for the City of Abbotsford, announced City Manager, George Murray today.
“One of the first tasks for any new leader is to conduct an assessment of how an organization is functioning in its current state,” said Murray. “I have spent the past few months learning about the organizational culture at the City of Abbotsford, how we approach our mandate, and developing an understanding where our key issues are.”
Murray began his role as CAO for the City of Abbotsford on February 4, 2013. On June 10, 2013, he took the results of his organizational analysis, along with recommendations to City Council.
“The City of Abbotsford does many things well, but we certainly have some opportunity for improvements,” said Murray. “The restructuring moves supported by Council are aimed at creating a leaner and more focused organizational structure, and a corporate culture that is focused on service delivery excellence and the elimination of wasteful practices and bureaucracy.”
The reorganization and staffing reductions of nine management positions and one union position will ultimately save the City more than $1.25 million annually.
“I believe that we have an excellent opportunity to align the needs of our customers, the taxpayers of Abbotsford, with the way in which we provide our services,” said Murray. “That will be our focus going forward.”