Changing roles at Folsom City Hall

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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FOLSOM CA - Folsom City Hall will promote two staff members and reorganize the public works and community development departments after the recent retirement of one director. City Manager Evert Palmer has announced a departmental reorganization and two key appointments at City Hall. David Miller now serves as director of the newly combined public works and community development department, and Ken Payne serves as director of the environmental and water resources department. “The recent retirement of former Public Works Director Richard Lorenz provided an opportunity to reorganize and take advantage of in-house talent as we strive to operate as efficiently as possible in this challenging economic climate,” says Palmer. “David and Ken are highly skilled and experienced leaders who willingly stepped up to assume additional duties.” Miller, who has served as Folsom’s community development director since 2007, is now overseeing the combined department with responsibility for street construction and maintenance; transportation and traffic planning; solid waste, recycling and HazMat; public and private permitting; planning and engineering; housing programs; and arborist duties. “It is very logical to combine the two departments as both are integral to processing and serving the permitting and construction needs of new development,” Miller said. “Given the impending development of the new town area south of Highway 50 the coordination of land use and transportation issues will be key. Given the current major general plan update for the city, this reorganization will help the two departments contribute toward this major policy document in a very integrated fashion. Lastly, this is a sign of the times. All governmental structures must streamline and do more with less. We must become more efficient and strategic.” Payne has responsibility for managing the city’s water, storm water and waste water utility operations, including all planning, maintenance, operations and compliance functions. Miller’s salary is $159,602 and Payne’s is $152,524. Lorenz earned $151,756 per year. Palmer noted that promoting from within rather than hiring a new public works director achieves an annual savings of nearly $140,000, plus pension and benefit costs. Miller’s professional experience includes 38 years as a professional planner, as well as service as a Director of Public Works. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Design from the University of Washington and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Payne, who previously served as the city’s utilities director, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific. He is a professional engineer certified in Safety Assessment for Disaster Service by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.