Newly anointed Mayor Alan Webber, who campaigned as a change agent, is asking every exempt employee at City Hall to reapply for their job.
The decision by Webber, along with City Manager Brian Snyder, is designed “to ensure the city has the best possible people in place in each position, and that the city is delivering service at the highest level of efficiency,” according to a news release issued Wednesday.
“At the same time, the new administration will consider the full spectrum of qualified and interested candidates for each position,” the news release states.
In a statement, Webber said the city needs “high-energy, talented and committed people to lead the way” to becoming the most user-friendly and service-oriented city government in the country.
The city said Webber directed Snyder “to carry out a review of talent at the top of every city department” after meeting with senior staff Tuesday.
The decision to evaluate each position is an initial step in the transition to Santa Fe’s first chief executive, full-time mayor, the city said.
“It is a result of consistent feedback from the public that change is needed at City Hall,” the news release states. “It also affords the new mayor an opportunity to get to know the city’s senior leaders and their visions for each department.”
The mayor hopes to complete the review by June 15 at the latest.
“The evaluations will start immediately, and each existing exempt employee will serve in an interim role until the process is complete,” the news release states. “Members of the public or existing city staff who meet the qualifications and want to apply for these positions are welcome and invited to do so.”
The full list of positions and job descriptions of the positions under evaluation will be posted on the city’s website next week.