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Public Works & Assets Newsroom

Metro Public Works and Assets Audit Complete

Thursday July 14, 2011

Recommendations include opportunities to improve safety, efficiency

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today the operational review of Louisville Metro Public Works and Assets is complete and the city is already moving forward to implement some of the more than 90 recommendations outlined in the audit.

A five-member review team, led by Dave Vogel of the Louisville Water Company, was commissioned in December 2010 to perform the review. Public Works has over 770 employees and handles such critical services as garbage collection, snow removal, curbside recycling and road repair.

“Public Works is a quality organization with dedicated employees who keep our city running,” Fischer said. “The review will help us fine-tune the agency, increase efficiency and make employee-safety a top priority.”

The audit makes several recommendations for improving employee-safety and reducing workplace accidents. It also calls for a more streamlined approach to the agency’s management.

Fischer also announced that Ted Pullen will remain as director of Public Works.

The audit calls for re-organizing management roles throughout the department to improve efficiency. All assistant directors, supervisors and managers (about 150 in total) will be asked to re-apply for positions under the new structure. This will be done to ensure that the right manager are in the right positions.

The review also recommends some organizational changes. The Impound Lot operations will move under LMPD. Electrical Maintenance and Signs and Markings will move to the Traffic Engineering group.

“The majority of the recommendations focus on the internal workings of the department,” Fischer said. “With some changes, an improvement in safety and efficiency I believe we can provide better service to citizens.”

Read the full review by clicking here.