Over the objections of City Director Chris Holden, City Manager Philip Hawkey was given approval to revise the bureaucratic structure of his administration by creating two assistant city manager positions and eliminating the deputy city manager post.
Under the new structure, all city department and agency heads will report directly to Hawkey. Previously, only seven departments reported directly to the city manager, with 10 others reporting to an assistant city manager or the deputy city manager.
Holden, who cast the only vote against the rearrangement, said the new structure could interfere with the efficiency and delivery of city services.
Hawkey, who last month replaced former Pasadena City Manager Donald McIntyre, countered that the new arrangement will allow him to better implement the board’s goals.