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Saskatoon restructures how city is managed

There are some significant changes coming on how the City of Saskatoon runs its business.

Utility Services and Infrastructure Services will be merged into a new department

city manager Murray Totland announced the city is making a series of changes to its operations structure. (David Shield/CBC)

There are some significant changes coming on how the City of Saskatoon runs its business.

The city announced it is making a series of changes to its city operations in order to make planning easier.

Utility Services and Infrastructure Services will be merged into a new department, with Jeff Jorgenson as general manager.

City manager Murray Totland said bringing these departments together just makes sense.

"Simply put, I'm looking to improve our service to our citizens...certainly to look to improve our productivity as an organization,"

The city said the new plan won't mean any layoffs or new hires. City council will vote on the restructuring tonight.

Mike Gutek will assume the role of the city's Chief Engineer, leading the project management office, which is a division of Transportation and Utilities. Gutek will oversee projects such as the North Commuter Parkway.

Other changes include:

  • Transportation will now be a division under Transportation and Utilities
  • Strategic Services is now under Transportation and Utilities
  • Bylaw enforcement will be under Community Services
  • Environmental Services is now Environmental and Corporate Initiative

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