Greensboro City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba revealed his plans for reorganization of city government at the City Council retreat on Thursday, March 24, and it’s not going to be cheap.

Jaiyeoba, who took over as city manager on Feb. 1, plans to add two new “offices,” create two new departments and add one new assistant city manager.

The plan presented by Jaiyeoba adds another assistant city manager position, so that the city will have four assistant city managers and one deputy city manager.

Currently the city has two assistant city managers, Larry Davis and Trey Davis (who are not related), and one deputy city manager, Chris Wilson, who served as interim city manager from July 1 when former City Manager David Parrish resigned to Feb. 1 when Jaiyeoba was hired.

Assistant City Manager Kim Sowell resigned in March in order to accept the position of Durham County manager.  That means that Jaiyeoba has two assistant city manager positions to fill – one to replace Sowell and one that will be added in the fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2022.

Jaiyeoba also plans to add a department of general services that will handle procurement and equipment and fleet services, the Minority/Women Business Enterprise program and contracts.

The other new department is the Greensboro Transit Authority Department, which will handle public transportation.  Currently the Greensboro Transit Agency (GTA) is a division of the Greensboro Department of Transportation.

The Neighborhood Development Department is to become the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development, which more emphasis on housing and less on enforcement.

The proposed new office of Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion would report directly to Jaiyeoba.

The office of the Chief Sustainability Officer would report directly to Deputy City Manager Chris Wilson.

A new position already added by Jaiyeoba is Assistant to the City Manager April Albritton.

Jaiyeoba also said that he wanted to better distribute the departments among the assistant city managers, with related departments reporting to the same assistant city manager and all four assistant city managers having portfolios of similar size.