MARCO ISLAND — About one week after Marco Island City Council fired their City Manager Steve Thompson and appointed interim City Manager Jim Riviere, Riviere has eliminated one of the next top dogs in City Hall. Community Development Director Steve Olmsted was let go today.
"In the first of several cost-savings measures (Riviere) eliminated the position of the Community Development Director, currently filled by Steve Olmsted," wrote Public Information Coordinator Lisa Douglass in a prepared release this morning.
"Economic times call for reconsideration of how the city’s services are provided," she continued.
The Community Development Director is in charge of the city's building department, code compliance, environmental services, mapping, planning and zoning areas.
The down turn in building construction on Marco Island was a real factor in reviewing cost-savings in the Community Development Department part of the organization, Douglass announced.
The reduction in the demand for services can not support the same staff size, she said.
Olmsted’s position will not be filled, saving the city in excess of $126,000 annually.
The supervisors for the department will be reorganized to report to the city manager at this time.
Olmsted will continue his service for 30 days and receive a three month severance package per his agreement with the city.