CEDAR RAPIDS — The senior leadership team in the city manager’s office has been restructured, elevating the roles and expanding responsibilities of two top officials.
Sandi Fowler has been promoted from assistant city manager to deputy city manager, and Angie Charipar has been promoted from assistant to the city manager to assistant city manager.
“These are outstanding women, and I feel good we are giving them the responsibility to take on additional roles within city government,” City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said.
Charipar, who has worked for the city since 2009 and as assistant to the city manager since 2013, now directs strategic internal and external communications, oversees special events, policies and procedures, supports interdepartmental coordination and customer service systems, works on state and federal legislative policy development, and develops a legislative agenda for the mayor and City Council.
Charipar’s salary increases 8 percent from $102,315 annually to $110,094 annually.
Fowler, who has worked for the city since 1990, including since 2013 as assistant city manager, now provides executive level management support for building services, community development, public works, human resources, transit and flood recovery initiatives. Fowler’s salary increases 8 percent from $166,982 to $180,000 annually.
“This more accurately reflects the work they do,” Pomeranz said of the new titles.
Many larger communities in Iowa, including Marion, Iowa City, and Coralville, have assistant city manager positions. Des Moines has two assistant city managers and a deputy city manager.
Evaluating jobs and adjusting responsibilities and titles is common, Pomeranz said. City staff provided a list of 14 staff members throughout city departments whose titles have changed since July 1.
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Among those, Casey Drew, a high-ranking official who acts as city manager when Pomeranz is absent, had his job expand from finance director to also include administrative services, which includes the information technology department. Drew has been with the city since 1996.
Drew’s salary increases 13 percent from $158,953 to $180,000.
“Casey is an incredible resource for the city organization,” Pomeranz said. “He does outstanding work. The level of assignments and responsibilities he has is something I appreciate, as does the entire City Council.”
The city budgeted $500,000 for the employee wage review and possible adjustments this fiscal year. The recent round of title changes is not part of an employee wage review, which is expected to begin in the coming months, Pomeranz said.
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