There are lots of ways to measure efficiency. I like to use results.
That’s why I have recently promoted two of my key staffers: Charles Bryson, the Neighborhood Development Executive, will hold the rank of Executive Assistant; Sherry Wibbenmeyer, the office manager, will hold the rank of Special Assistant. Both have performed at levels far beyond what I expected when I hired them and both will make more money with their new ranks.
In tight budget times, every new cost needs careful scrutiny and some context.
After adjusting for the anomaly of the extra 27th Pay Period in FY06, the Mayor’s Office budget is 13 percent $270,000 less than when I took office. The payroll budget for the office, with the same adjustment, is nearly 22 percent $370,000 less than when I took office.
These significant savings, despite the skyrocketing costs of health insurance and pensions, give me the leeway to do what good managers ought to do: hire good people and promote them when opportunities are available and the promotion is warranted by their work.
Congratulations, Sherry and Charles.