Mesa County Government to reorganize departments

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Mesa County Government is overhauling the organization of its departments to increase efficiency.

Administrators are merging departments together and cutting management positions from seven people to three.

With diminishing staff in recent years, individual managers have been in charge of less people,leading to the decision to bring departments together.

"That's just an indicator of an overall problem that we have that we're not really building an organization that can move forward and provide great services into the future," said Mesa County Administrator Tom Fisher. "We do provide great services, but we have to plan for the future."

The move was made after the 2014 county budget had no room for a pay raise for staff for the sixth year in a row.

"It's really important that we're looking at the long-term sustainability of county government under its current revenue streams," Fisher said.

This is the start of a plan to reevaluate employee pay over the next few years.

The management changes are expected to save the county $4.5 million.

The reorganized county departments will debut April 7.

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