Shuffling divisions cuts costs for county

  • Follow Metro

As a cost-saving measure, Columbia County officials spent much of the year streamlining, and in some instances eliminating, government divisions.

"It's about the economy of scale," county Deputy Administrator Scott Johnson said. "You've got to take a look at these things from time to time to make sure we're not top heavy or filling positions just to fill them.

"If we can do the same job with less, then certainly we want to try and do that."

In August 2007, Property Acquisition, Traffic Engineering and Landfill Operations were re-organized under the Construction and Maintenance Division, while Engineering Services was folded into Building and Commercial Services.

Those changes save taxpayers about $150,000 annually, Mr. Johnson said.

After Management Services Director Todd Glover resigned in October, county officials divided his duties among other departments, which saves about $100,000 each year, Mr. Johnson said. He expects similar savings with the county's recent restructuring.

Officials recently decided to merge the county Planning and Development Division with Building, Commercial and Engineering Services. The division will be split into a building department and a planning and engineering department.

Officials are advertising for a manager of the building division. Mr. Johnson said advertisements for manager of planning and engineering should start in January.

"We have a management review team that looks at those positions and departments to see how we can make them more efficient," Mr. Johnson said.

Though most personnel from each restructured department simply transferred to a new division, salaries intact, Mr. Johnson said the savings came from eliminating divisions and positions, a reduction in travel expenses, no longer duplicating services and attrition.

"We want to make sure it's a needed position and define what those job duties should be," Mr. Johnson said.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

Columbia County Department Restructuring


COUNTY DEPARTMENT FORMER DIVISION NEW DIVISION
Human Resources Management Services Administrator's office
Information Technology Management Services Administrator's office
GIS Management Services Administrator's office
Fleet Management Management Services Emergency and Operations
Risk Management Management Services Emergency and Operations
Procurement Management Services Financial Services
Property Acquisition Engineering Services Construction and Maintenance
Traffic Engineering Engineering Services Construction and Maintenance
Landfill Engineering Services Construction and Maintenance
Engineering Engineering Services Building and Commercial Services

Comments (6) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Riverman1
94243
Points
Riverman1 12/26/08 - 05:32 am
0
0
Nice to see what an

Nice to see what an efficiently run Republican county government can accomplish.

Little Lamb
49246
Points
Little Lamb 12/26/08 - 09:33 am
0
0
You,ll need to look at the

You,ll need to look at the chart in the printed edition. It doesn't look like a move toward efficiency at all. They used to have the departments organized into two divisions (Engineering and Management). Now they've got the same departments organized into five divisions (Administration, Operations, Maintenance, Financial Services, and Building Services). They say they save $150,000, but $100,000 of that is one salary they elected not to fill. I'm no Grinch, but this story is so much humbug.

jack
11
Points
jack 12/26/08 - 11:29 am
0
0
May be humbug LL, but it

May be humbug LL, but it seems A/RC hasn't got the brains to even attempt this sort of cutting costs. Glad I live in North Augusta where services are efficient and apparently cost much less as my monthly untilities are very low, including trach pickup.

disssman
6
Points
disssman 12/26/08 - 04:07 pm
0
0
It will work if they update

It will work if they update their city code to reflect what the responsibilities are for each department. They should also make sure their web site reflects what departments are responsible for. It will be strange for a county not to have an engineering or management department!

workingmom
0
Points
workingmom 12/26/08 - 08:21 pm
0
0
At least someone is

At least someone is attempting to cut costs somewhere. I hope this helps.

Uncle Remus
0
Points
Uncle Remus 12/26/08 - 11:45 pm
0
0
How about eliminating the

How about eliminating the Deputy Administrator / Deputy Commissioner position,(which one is it AC?), how much would that save? "You've got to take a look at these things from time to time to make sure we're not top heavy..."
"If we can do the same job with less, then certainly we want to try and do that;savings came from eliminating divisions and positions, a reduction in travel expenses, no longer duplicating services..." "We want to make sure it's a needed position and define what those job duties should be,"

Back to Top
loading...
Top headlines

Christmas Eve rains to dry up

If Wednesday seemed particularly wet and dreary, you would be right. The day broke the record for the wettest Christmas Eve that Augusta has ever had.
Search Augusta jobs