The following article was acquired from the Monterey Herald website and was written by Jim Johnson.
County board to eye Nov. 30 for Resource Management Agency split
SALINAS — A reorganization of the Monterey County Resource Management Agency would be completed by the end of November under a proposal to be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Under the proposed ordinance, the giant RMA would be dissolved and split into two departments including Housing and Community Development, and Community Services, by Nov. 30.
The reorganization largely follows a series of recommendations made by the consultant group Citygate Associates, which conducted an analysis of the agency and presented its findings to the county board in July. The reorganization is intended to improve efficiency and relieve an increasingly strained relationship with the community that the consultant found had resulted in a “decades-long struggle” with customer service and stakeholder satisfaction. It is also aimed at reducing employee turnover and work backlogs among other issues.
The consultant’s recommendation to split the Agency was agreed to in principle by the county board in July. The supervisors directed the chief administrator’s office to return with an implementation plan.