le the series of events involving the City of Prineville and Public Works Director Jim Mole were unfortunate, it made it evident the city council needs to issue a clear policy on organizational change as quickly as possible.
Although a clear organizational structure won't solve the issue involving Mole and former public works employee Samantha Waltjen, it would hopefully prevent any further fallout and chaos from happening again.
City Councilor Dean Noyes said the council does not want to be involved in the hiring and firing process, but would like a verbal heads-up when such structural changes, as in the case of the public works director, are made.
A good city policy on organizational change should be modeled after a good business, and a good business utilizes a very clear chain of command.
While it's not necessary for city councilors to be involved with the hiring and firing process, they should at least have a say. But that's only one piece of the puzzle. A sound organizational structure would help, but it's incumbent upon city councilors to take a greater level of responsibility to stay informed on city matters.
We ask the City of Prineville to carefully and correctly address the problem at hand with the organizational structure, while also planning for the future growth of Prineville.
An increase in population and growth within the city itself will only lead to more challenges down the road, and almost definitely, a larger city staff. Consequently, it is imperative that any organizational policy changes be made with that growth in mind.
Years from now, the city's new organizational structure should complement any and all decisions the councilors make, and act only as a support system instead of a hindrance.
That's just good business.