El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Interim Parks Director Mark Riemer has been on the job less than two months, long enough to size up the department and then downsize it.
During the April board meeting he told CSD directors the department was top heavy, and proposed eliminating two positions that will save the district $81,000 in the first year.
The board promptly approved his proposal, which faced no opposition as the positions eliminated were vacant.
“The great thing about this downsizing is there’s no job loss,” Riemer said.
Longtime Parks Supervisor Dave Luckscheider recently departed, leaving three supervisors with eight full-time positions beneath them, one of which is currently vacant.
The department also employs six part-time seasonal workers. The new organization will have three cross-trained supervisors plus seven full-time workers.
“We’re moving away from specialization, so that hopefully everyone can do everything,” said Riemer. “Mentoring and cross-training are a big part of this.”
Gino Sciandri and Phil Stamborsky stay on Parks supervisors, with Kent Malonsen focused more on facilities.
Riemer told the board that the three supervisors are already stepping up, and are committed to making a leaner Parks Department work.
Before retiring, Riemer spent 25 years as Rocklin’s Director of Community Services and Facilities and one year as interim assistant city manager. His El Dorado Hills contract runs through July. He said he’s currently averaging 32 hours per week.