Reorganization plan raises objections in Brooklyn Park

  • Article by: Jim Adams , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2013 - 7:08 PM

The city is considering a proposal to cut four top manager jobs and add two with the goal of improving services and cutting payroll. Some residents oppose paring a parks position.

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mohawk1953Nov. 27, 13 9:50 AM

Ok, you've got a nationally recognized park system and a highly respected parks director. You hire a consulting firm almost 5 years ago to recommend city department structure. The question is why did it take you so long to get to the point of making these changes? could it be because the ideas really aren't that good? The fact that two other local cities (Blaine and Burnsville) tried this structure and have since reverted to their previous organization structure suggest it didn't work, didn't produce the expected savings, or both. For decades, Brooklyn Park has been touting their great park system. Why would the gut it now to save a few bucks? This plan smells really bad!!

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TaxFreeTennNov. 27, 1312:26 PM

If you went to work for this city with the idea of working yourself up to the director position that career path will no longer exist. Try recruiting quality people with dead end career paths in front of them. What kind of person with any degree of ambition would ever consider working here? This is a dumb idea.

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bkpkresidentNov. 27, 13 1:15 PM

Count me among the Brooklyn Park residents who’d like to see the Council obtain and disseminate important information before it decides whether to restructure city government. Since the current reorganization incarnation was presented in just the last month or so, I don’t see an urgency for the Council to act on it hastily. I’d like to see the Council devise and administer an anonymous survey to all city staff about the reorganization. Find out whether they would support it and what they like and don’t like about it. What would the reorganization do to the staff’s ability to serve and be responsive to Brooklyn Park residents? I think it’s vitally important that before making a decision, Council members let all the stakeholders vote without any fear of reprisal for having voiced their opinions. Blaine (pop. 59,000) and Burnsville (pop. 61,000) tried this plan and scrapped it after approximately two years. Why did they try it, and why did they abandon it? Surely the experience of these two cities should be taken into account as the Council weighs whether to adopt a similar structure of governance.

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Bright LightNov. 27, 13 2:50 PM

Looks like the typical corporate power play. Force out two people by changing job titles, raise the pay of your favorites who remain, and create new positions at even higher salaries. Now you have more people who owe cushy jobs to the current chief exec and will try hard to make him happy!

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