City of Eau Claire Organizational Restructuring Analysis

Over the past six months we have been working with Craig Rapp, a national organizational consultant, to complete a high-level review of the City of Eau Claire’s organizational structure and provide recommendations regarding organizational restructuring, strategic alignment of resources and priorities, and alternative approaches for service delivery. Craig and his team of veteran local government practitioners reviewed City background documents (budget, capital improvement plans, ordinances, comprehensive plans, operational plans) and conducted extensive interviews of key staff. Drawing on best practices throughout the country, Craig’s team prepared a report to assist the City in optimizing its organizational performance to meet...

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2011 Eau Claire Community Forums

In a very fundamental sense, local democracy begins with the conversations that citizens have about the common good and the choices they make about the kind of community they want. For the past several years the City has hosted a series of Spring community forums as a way of creating the public spaces where Eau Claire residents can have conversations about their community. In 2011 we will be holding the following community forums: April 14 – District 5 Forum at Community Table, 320 Putnam Street April 28 – District 1 Forum at Hope Lutheran Church, 2226 Eddy Lane May...

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City Labor Agreements Approved

On March 10, the City Council approved labor agreement extensions with Local 284, Amalgamated Transit Local 1310, Communications Workers of American Local 4640. Also approved were agreements with Police Command Local 39, EA  (Clerical, Technical, Supervisory, and  Engineering Association), Department Directors, Division Heads, and Confidential Employees. Approximately 2/3 of the City’s total work force of 492 employees are covered under these agreements. Not included in the agreements approved on March 10 are those for Firefighters Local 487 and Police Patrol Local 9, which were excluded from the collective bargaining provisions of the state budget adjustment bill. Our preliminary estimate...

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Collective Bargaining Strengthens Public Services

One of my priorities as City Manager is to strengthen the community partnerships essential for maintaining a high quality of life for all residents. Over the past several weeks I have been asked by reporters and others why I support collective bargaining for public employees. There are three reasons. First, as City Manager, I need employees who will share their ideas and speak up about how to improve the services we provide for the public. I want well-trained, educated, and innovative employees who are not afraid to bring forward ideas about our work processes, and who are not afraid...

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