Town manager's plan calls for creating assistant position, shifts within departments
By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Reorganization might be coming to Front Royal, as Town Manager Steve Burke has proposed a few changes to its departments.
At a meeting last month, Burke proposed a few ideas to the Town Council to shuffle responsibilities, as well as reclassify existing positions.
Within the Electrical Services Department, Burke would like to create two divisions. One would deal with operations like contractor oversight, developmental dealings with subdivisions and plan reviews, and would require a manager and assistant manger. The other division would be responsible for maintenance for town facilities, and would be headed by a crew supervisor.
Burke would also like to combine Public Works and Environmental Services by downgrading one of the department director positions to a management position. That manager would oversee horticulture, building and grounds and solid waste management divisions.
One of the biggest changes Burke proposed is the creation of an assistant town manager position.
"The position would be beneficial in my absence. The person could continue operations of the town and be an identified individual to go to," he said.
If created, the position would take over daily administrative operations and several other departments. According to Burke, many communities have a similar position that is working in their favor.
"We still have a lot of discussing to do with the council," he added. "It's a lot of dramatic changes, and we want to make them comfortable."
Because of the holiday season, not much has happened beyond the proposal phase.
Mayor Tim Darr said, "At this point, we just have a basic snapshot."
Among other questions the council will have for Burke, Darr listed functionality of the new roles.
"What will these new positions fix?" he asked.
Burke knows that there is much more discussion to come, and said not to expect any changes this year.
"The reorganization is still in its infancy, but I'm looking forward to improvements," he