The eight department heads who report to the city administrator all received above-average ratings for 2017 in their annual performance reviews.
For each, it was the first full year under administrator Jeff Mikorski, who was hired in August 2016. Not included in the reviews were the fire chief, police chief and library director, each of whom reports to an independent board.
None of Mikorski’s direct reports received a mark below “Meets Expectations” on any of the eight criteria, and all were marked “Exceeds Expectations” in at least four categories.
Two department heads, public works director Theran Jacobson and finance director Brian Lamers, got marks of “Outstanding” for productivity and work quality, with compliments to both for their accuracy and organization. Jacobson also got an “Outstanding” mark for initiative and problem-solving, with a note that he has combined projects to save money and provide alternative funding.
Jacobson and city planning director Adam Sayre were marked “Exceeds Expectations” or better in every category.
All but one had no specified performance goals from previous years. Themes of the department heads’ goals for 2018 include staff development, improved use of technology, efficiency and outreach.
Specific goals include Sayre leading the every-10-year comprehensive planning process, Jacobson planning additional capital projects in the Bike and Ped plan, Parks director Dave Walker implementing the Fireman’s Park upgrade and the expansion of recreation and senior programs.
The Library Board was unable to provide director Stacey Burkart’s full review, with a new president still yet to be chosen, but a partial copy of the review showed she met most of her 12 goals, including an inventory of the entire library and the hiring of a bilingual outreach librarian. Among her goals for 2018 are starting a strategic plan, evaluating the Sunday hours pilot project for continuation and managing the impact of the parking lot reconstruction, which is being completed this month.
Police and fire chief reviews were not conducted in 2017, Police and Fire Commission president Delora Newton told the Press in an email.