Do you agree with the criticism that City government is top heavy with management? Please explain your position.

Budget

Yes, I believe that the City government should be held to the same standard as the business
community, which when encountered with sinking revenues and increasing costs must
look at eliminating redundancies and inefficiencies in management. Even the City Council
itself should be studied to determine if its size could be decreased.

Cutting personnel is not the way to increase responsiveness for constituent services. For example, our forestry department is more than 18 months behind in service calls. Rodent control needs help as well and everyone benefits when we have more people out on the streets helping address our basic needs.
Public service is not where people go to make their fortunes. I think the City is operating in a fairly lean fashion. The Mayor has put in place very professional department supervisors who are committed to efficiency and enhancing the way we serve residents.
The City Council has signed off on numerous initiatives to consolidate office space and pare down expenses. Any additional cuts in personnel would be detrimental to the public and we should carefully consider additional reductions and the potential impact on service delivery

yes Upper management was the only sector of city government that was not harmed when the
economy took its down turn and with good reason. Not because the city couldn’t function with
fewer managers and exempt employees, but because these were friends and friend of friends.
This is a difficult one as long as you have a mayor in office that cares more about his campaign war
chest that his city.

Yes. I fully agree that the ratio of managers to the managed is too high

YES
I believe that the City needs a robust number of frontline staff to properly serve its citizens. The City hiring process needs to be streamlined to ensure frontline positions can be filled more quickly.

I believe that City government is top heavy with management. We have department heads with
minimum staff support to complete the city’s business. The City should invest in more workers to
deliver the services people depend you every day.

Yes.The City currently has far too many consultants and upper management people, friends of the
mayor and other insiders who are paid too high and do little more than repeat the mistakes of
previous administrations. Meanwhile, hundreds of mid-level management is being laid off;
these are the people who have generally been around the longest, have a depth of institutional
knowledge and are not paid that highly – so that more of them need to be laid off to get to the
numbers the mayor is seeking. I believe that continuity is very important and that innovation can
happen without simply removing hundreds of city workers and hoping that something amazing
pops up.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

No. . Chicago is a Metropolis, we command the numbers of leaders
based on the city’s population.

yes;I need to know more about the workings of City government in order to provide a more educated
opinion, but my sense is that we have too many people in management positions relative to the
number of people being managed.

Yes.The City currently has far too many consultants and upper management people, friends of the
mayor and other insiders who are paid too high and do little more than repeat the mistakes of
previous administrations. Meanwhile, hundreds of mid-level management is being laid off;
these are the people who have generally been around the longest, have a depth of institutional
knowledge and are not paid that highly – so that more of them need to be laid off to get to the
numbers the mayor is seeking. I believe that continuity is very important and that innovation can
happen without simply removing hundreds of city workers and hoping that something amazing
pops up.

The Emanuel Administration has made considerable and meaningful steps to reduce mid and top-level managers, but more can be done.

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yes; Some departments yes.

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Yes

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For years, Chicago has been served by a Commissioners, several Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners and Assistants to the Commissioner within a single Department. The titles and responsibilities are duplicative.

NO.The size of government in Chicago matches the needs of a big city. Chicago is large both in terms
of population and geography, requiring a great deal of services—Chicago’s management
structure reflects those facts.

I would support a full review through an outside audit for a recommendation on where to eliminate middle and upper management. This is long overdue!

No; I do not agree with this because in many of our departments we
are running with the bare minimum of employees and at times understaffed.

Yes. Although Chicago technically has a strong council/weak mayoral form of government, the mayor has historically had outsized power to run the City with little to no oversight by the Council, much less Chicago residents. The Mayor’s cabinet structure and size reflects his power. The Office of Mayor is necessarily a political one and some agencies should remain apolitical and independent of Mayoral power, such as the police force, redistricting councils and ethics panels. I believe our government is top heavy with management because all decisions must funnel back into to the mayor’s office. By removing some agencies from his purview we could empower more experts to make well planned decisions that impact our City and foster more innovation.

yes I have not fully examined the present city management flow chart to determine if change is
warranted.

No. I would need further review the organizational structure, responsibilities and salaries to provide an
informed decision.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I need to study the current ratios and effiencies since 2011 to answer this question.
In 2011 there was about 35,000 city employees. Budget consultants hired by city-employee
unions calculated that one department has more than 200 employees in various supervisory
roles and 334 “front line” workers, for a ratio of about 1.6 staff members per manager.
The consultants also found that 55 managers are included in the 477 filled positions in the General
Services Department, about 7.6 workers for each administrator.
In 2011 “The Chicago Police Department also had more layers of management at the top of the
department than police departments of other major cities,” according to a Civic Federation report on
the city’s budget released last month.
If todays ratios are the same as in 2011 then Chicago should follow the lead of other city and state
governments across the country that have achieved great savings by reducing layers of management.
A slight increase in the number of workers per manager could save the city tens of millions of dollars,
the consultants say.

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I have heard of city departments creating and filling management positions, while leaving clerical
and “frontline” positions vacant. Chicago should seek to streamline departments to ensure that
more dollars are spent on providing services than on creating more bureaucracy

That is an evaluation that I cannot make without interviewing department heads and employees

1000000%. Chicago, actually, IL, has far too much management and government. There’s city agencies and
positions I think we need to eliminate. The city has been plagued with BS patronage jobs for
years that need to be eliminated. I will investigate and propose eliminations I feel should be
enacted. We have far too much fat in city government.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

Yes

yes. There is a clear need to eliminate unneeded midlevel management and political appointees from many City departments. Fewer workers are actually doing the work and an excessive number of supervisors and managers are overseeing the work in many departments and that is financially and efficiently irresponsible and a waste of taxpayer money. We should conduct an efficiency audit in all the City departments and see where we can trim the budgets without negatively impact services that are provided to Chicagoans.

YES
We have too many managers yet not enough employees to actually do the job needed to
make city government work for the people. I also believe more the hiring within City
government agencies needs to be done in a collaborative way between the City Council
and the Mayor.

YES. This is not just a problem in government. Since the beginning of the recession,
many of the businesses I work with have had to take steps to reduce management and administrative costs in order to prioritize spending on service­providing and client­facing employees. This is a natural step in the face of budgetary pressures, and something we need to implement in the City.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

N/A
Not sure, it would depend on what else was being considered as “heavy”.

yes

yes.All citizens should have a voice in city policy. You need people in place to ensure that those
voices are heard and the things that will benefit all residents of the city are being implemented.

Yes. Frontline workers are the one who provide services

Yes. The media have well documented the huge payout in terms of salaries and benefits of
management whose performance has not produced commensurate benefits. There are
still too many incidents of highly paid “ghosts” who do not perform at all or staffers paid
well beyond what their experience deserves

Yes. I have worked in city government for some 15 years and
personally seen the unnecessary levels of management.