Over the past eight years, I have looked for ways to make our organization more efficient and effective and reduce administrative overhead. In continuing this effort, effective January 2, I am reorganizing a number of departments to improve efforts in transportation planning, downtown development, and redevelopment of adjacent neighborhoods. The consolidations will further streamline our operations and enhance our service delivery, resulting in a net reduction of one executive position.
The first consolidation is Capital Improvements Management Services (CIMS) and Public Works into the Transportation & Capital Improvements Department. This consolidation will create an organizational structure with a heightened focus on street transportation. It elevates Transportation Planning to a major City focus while becoming more proactive and strategic. The combined department will unite transportation efforts across the City for improved coordination with external entities such as VIA, MPO, TxDOT, Bexar County and the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority. I have asked Mike Frisbie to serve as Director for the merged department. Mike has been with the City for more than six years serving as the CIMS Director and City Engineer and leading major initiatives for the City including the 2007 and 2012 Bond Programs. I would like to thank Anthony Chukwudole for his service as the Interim Public Works Director since August. He has demonstrated strong leadership over that time and will continue to provide that leadership as the Assistant Director over the Street Maintenance & Traffic Division.
The second consolidation will move the Downtown Operations Department under the Center City Development Office (CCDO). This will allow a closer tie of Downtown events, parking, maintenance and leases to the development of Downtown San Antonio. Lori Houston will continue oversight of CCDO. Lori started her career with the City in 2002. Jim Mery will serve as the Deputy Director over the Downtown Operations division. I would like to thank Jim for his work as the Interim Director of Downtown Operations. His work and leadership has been instrumental in improving Downtown through the Riverwalk Capital Improvement projects and Downtown Tuesday.
In addition to the above changes, I have appointed Melody Woosley as Director of the Human Services Department. Melody has been with the City of San Antonio for 15 years, beginning as a Management Analyst with the Human Services Department in 1998. For the past five years, Melody has served as an important leader of the department including serving as the Interim Director since December 2012. During her time with the City she has supported and led critical City Human Services functions such as Head Start, Child Care Services, Family Assistance Centers, Café College, Homeless Initiatives and Senior Services. Melody has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Southern Methodist University.
I also have asked Mike Etienne to serve as the primary City staff member over the EastPoint Program, a $60 million redevelopment effort on the East Side, including the PROMISE & CHOICE Federal Initiatives, as well as overseeing City lease functions, Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and Property Disposition.
With the consolidations, changes were made to the departments the Executive Leadership Team members oversee. Peter Zanoni will oversee the Transportation & Capital Improvements Department and the EastPoint Program. Carlos Contreras will continue to oversee the Center City Development Office.