City Hall is undertaking a realignment of senior administrative positions but the move will not result in immediate cost-savings for taxpayers.
The City's new chief administrator, David Trawin, announced Wednesday that the current director of public works and sustainability will replace the retiring director of community and corporate affairs.
David Duckworth is the new head of the renamed corporate services and community safety beginning Oct. 8. He replaces Len Hrycan, who will retire in October. The department will also incorporate the City's information technology department.
The transition will happen over the next two months.
Mayor Peter Milobar said council was briefed on the move but it was not a political change.
"It's an administrative overview," he said. "Dave did it with Len and other people to review the overall organizational structure."
Trawin said the change, including moving information technology out of the finance department, will allow better focus on the bottom line. That is expected to lead to efficiencies in purchasing and capital spending.
Trawin was named the City's new chief administrative officer in spring this year, replacing the retiring Randy Diehl. He said earlier this summer he was undertaking an administrative review.
A report released earlier this year criticized Kamloops for having too many staff on its payroll, something that won't change with the shuffling at the top.
"It will be good for operations," predicted Milobar. "Certainly Dave Duckworth has a lot of skiils. Moving information technology under him will strengthen up things and get a focus on the finance department."
Current finance director Sally Edwards will remain in the position.
The City will look both inside and advertise outside to replace Duckworth's position in public works.