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News - May 22, 2013

Menlo Park to review admin services department

by Sandy Brundage

Now that a $25,000 review of the police department's internal operations is done, Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre has hired a consultant to take a look at the city's administrative services department.

The $40,000 study, conducted by Management Partners, based in San Jose, will encompass the human resources, finance, information technology, city manager, city clerk and economic development functions of the city. Mr. McIntyre said he expects it to be finished by the end of summer.

"My intentions all along since joining the City is to do a comprehensive review of each City Department," Mr. McIntyre said in an email. The studies will be carried sequentially and the costs depend on the scope, he explained.

"For example, the Council has expressed an interest in exploring opportunities to streamline permitting. Given the complexity of doing so, the budget for that effort might be greater than the budget to study another department. We will likely initiate that study sometime later this year," Mr. McIntyre said.

Funding for the review comes out of the department's budget, according to the city manager. Individual contracts worth up to $50,000 don't require the city council's approval.

The results of the police department study, conducted by Belcher, Ehle, Medina & Associates, were presented to the council during its April 29 meeting.

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