I was able to sit down with Charlie Beckham and Dr. Janet Anderson, the
heads of the office of Operations Restructuring, to receive an update
on the work they have been doing in Cadillac Tower. Operations Restructuring is an initiative Mayor Bing implemented to begin the conversation on how we provide services to our citizens more efficiently and effectively. As you all know, our city government is too big; and, with our dwindling population, we must begin the discussion on how we downsize and reshape our governmental structure.
I was very encouraged with Dr. Janet Anderson’s leadership. Her years of experience and level of expertise gives me confidence that the right person is in charge. After
brief introductions, she began to brief my team and I on the
restructuring committees goals and how they plan to achieve those
goals. Citizens will be glad to know that they are using a “service delivery model”, which is a scholarly way of saying they are looking at how they can provide citizens with better services.
Currently, the committee is involved in interagency
discussion, asking three questions: (1) how much money is in our
budget, (2) how much money are we spending, and (3) are we meeting
citizens’ expectations? This process is multi-leveled and pretty extensive. However, this is what is expected when you are talking about re-engineering the entire system of how we service the people of Detroit.
leaving the meeting I was able to give a few recommendations pertaining
to the purchasing process, recreational centers, and the establishment
of an executive/legislative working group. As the meeting wrapped up,
it was clear that there will be difficult decisions and hard fights ahead, but I want citizens to know that I am ready and willing to make these tough decisions in order for Detroit to succeed!