Boulder on Monday made final structural changes to municipal departments that were recommended as potential remedies to a consultant’s report last year that found serious issues with city Public Works and Planning departments’ staff morale and its relationships with top managers and City Council.

Officials also announced interim and permanent department head staffing decisions made in response to the changes and recent turnover in some positions.

City staffers from all levels of the departmental organizations have contributed to conversations and the plan meant to improve the work environments in Boulder public offices, officials said.

The changes include splitting Public Works into two departments, Transportation and Mobility, and Utilities, with each having a distinct director. Also, Planning and Development Services will become its own department, merging the functions of the former Planning Department and Public Works Development Services Division. A new standalone Facilities Department will also be created to implement, maintain and operate city building infrastructure.

“This new structure will enable the city to streamline processes and provide a higher level of service to the community, with a focus on operational excellence,” City Manager Jane Brautigam, who signed off on the changes, stated in a news release.

The release announced Deputy City Manager Chris Meschuk, a longtime city staffer promoted to that role in January, will no longer be interim planning director because the new role demands his full attention. Recruiting is ongoing for the planning director position.

Mary Ann Weideman, formerly the overarching director of Public Works and a city staffer since 1992, has accepted the role of interim director of Planning and Development Services while the hiring process for a permanent director continues. The overarching Public Works head position has been eliminated, and the utilities and transportation and mobility directors will report…

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