Wednesday Jan 13 2010
City hires assistant manager
By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
Rocklin promotes Mark Riemer, however his pay will not increase initially
Former Rocklin Community Services and Facilities Director Mark Riemer was promoted to assistant city manager, according to city officials. “It’s a great responsibility but we have great people,” Riemer said. With Terry Richardson, Rocklin now has two assistant city managers. The move is all according to the city’s reorganization plan that has realigned staff and departments. It has also led to reducing the total number of city employees from 310 to 260. “It is a promotion in status not in pay,” said City Manager Carlos Urrutia. “My agreement with Mark is that he takes the job without additional compensation. We would only be compensated more if the city grants citywide general increases in wages.” That’s not likely to happen anytime soon as the city is now in negotiations with all the municipal unions to get as much as a 5 percent, across the board, reductions in pay. Riemer said he wants the challenge before him even if it means deferring compensation. “This is the most difficult time of my 25 years of working with the city,” Riemer said. “In my role and what I’ve been asked to do, I feel very comfortable.” Riemer is now responsible for the Department of General Services which includes the public works, the fleet division, public relations, parks and recreation as well as community services and facilities. “It is going to allow us to make efficiencies,” Riemer said. “The goal here is that the public won’t see the difference. It will be seamless.” Richardson is responsible for economic and community development. It is unclear what will happen to the city organization when Richardson retires in June.