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File #: 2169-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/10/2021 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 9/13/2021 Final action: 9/16/2021
Title: To establish a new authorized strength ordinance for various divisions in the City of Columbus; to repeal ordinance 1736-2021; and to declare an emergency.
Attachments: 1. ORD2169-2021previousstrength.pdf, 2. ORD2169-2021currentstrength.pdf

BACKGROUND: This ordinance amends the current authorized strength, as set forth in ordinance 1736-2021.

The strength levels for most general fund agencies are set to be equal to the 2021 budget as amended by City Council (including the Departments of Health and Recreation and Parks). Authorized strength levels of smaller non-general fund agencies are set to be equal to the adopted 2021 budget as amended, while the strength levels of certain larger non-general fund agencies may have their strength set slightly higher to allow for flexibility in hiring.

Four full-time general fund civilian positions are requested in the Division of Police in order to allow for flexibility in staffing. In the Department of Recreation and Parks, 4 full-time positions are requested in the department’s primary operating fund in order to assist with increased needs and workload in their fiscal and human resources operations. Within the Department of Finance, 10 full-time and 2 part-time positions are requested for the Division of Facilities Management in the general fund. Eighty-four full-time general fund positions will transfer in alignment with the transition of the Code Enforcement Division from the Department of Development to the Department of Building and Zoning Services. In addition, two full-time positions will transition from Building and Zoning Services’ primary operating fund to the general fund, and one additional full-time general fund position is requested in order to facilitate the hiring of an Assistant Director for Code Enforcement.

Finally, there are two modifications herein to the language outlining strength levels for the promoted uniformed ranks of the Department of Public Safety. Four positions have been authorized for the newly created classification of Police Assistant Chief. In Fire, strength levels have been updated in order to accommodate a revised staffing policy with respect to Heavy Rescue companies by adding 1 Captain position and...

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