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Supervisors to mull reorganization

September 16, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors, meeting as the committee of the whole, will discuss a proposal to reorganize the county into four super departments.

The reorganization is the brainchild of County Executive Officer Ann Capela, and is expected to cost at least $167,117.08, mostly for additional upper managers.

The committee meets at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Center, 940 Main St., El Centro.

A flow chart of the proposal shows elected department heads subordinate to what would be newly hired deputy CEOs. There would be no direct line between the people and elected department heads, which include the assessor, auditor-controller, clerk/recorder, district attorney, public administrator, sheriff/coroner and tax collector/treasurer.

As a result, numerous elected county department heads have criticized the proposal, though the plan appears to have support from the Board of Supervisors, whose members also are elected.


Each of three new DCEOs could be paid as much as $95,596. The reorganization calls for a newly created position of intergovernmental relations director, who could be paid as much as $108,056.

The committee, which cannot take action on any items, is also set to discuss:

· awarding two contracts to Laidlaw Transit Services Inc. to administer and operate the county's transit system. For fiscal 2001-2002, the contract is for $965,183, and for fiscal 2002-2003, the amount is $1.07 million.

· awarding $443,382 to ARC-Imperial Valley for para-transit services for fiscal 2001-2002, and $490,816 for fiscal 2002-2003.

· spending $32,000 by the Agricultural Commissioner's Office for animal damage control.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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