Exclusive: Memo outlines Mayor Bill Foster's sweeping changes to organization of city government

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From BattlegroundTampaBay.com and my column on AOL Patch:

In an internal memo (obtained exclusively by this author), St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster outlines sweeping changes to the organization of city government, leaving few departments untouched by a makeover that began with Foster? controversial decision to fire Senior Administrator Goliath Davis.

Released Friday, the memo sheds light on the difficult financial situation facing the city as it is increasingly forced to shuffle even the most senior-level staffers in an effort to close a multi-million dollar budget gap while still attempting to maintain a consistent level of services.

?t is my intent to preserve core services and to continue them a high level of performance and customer service,?writes Foster. ?owever, this reorganization will impact our ability to continue doing everything we do.?

Among the most significant changes include the integration of the Community Enrichment functions into the rest of the city? organization. This phase will remove the Internal Services Administration and reassign its functions. This move, of course, refers to Dave Metz, who Foster says ?ill continue to play a significant role in the City? operations.?/blockquote>
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Foster’s complete memo can be read below:

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