Mayor Dennis O’Keefe confirmed Monday night that the city was offering packages to several senior staff members as a budgetary decision. Coun. Jonathan Galgay said the city would leave retirement announcements up to people who had decided to leave, but Tuesday’s announcement fills in some blanks.
The city’s new manager of public works is Lynnann Winsor, taking over from longtime city employee Paul Mackey. The new manager of financial management will be Derek Coffey, a position formerly held by Bob Bishop. Dave Blackmore will be stepping down as manager of planning, development and engineering, and Jason Sinyard will be stepping in. Bob Bursey will retire as city solicitor, which will now be Cheryl Mullet, and Jill Brewer will be replaced by Tanya Haywood as manager of community services.
Galgay said Monday about 25 to 30 senior staff members had been offered packages, which were not mandatory. Both Galgay and O’Keefe said more information on expected savings will be available when the city’s 2016 budget is released in mid-December.
The last day for managers who accepted packages is Nov. 30.