Mark Segsworth will not be replaced when he steps down from his position as Kingston’s commissioner of public works and emergency services at the end of this month.
Instead, his duties will be divided among three commissioners in what city CAO Glen Laubenstein called “a cost saving.”
Segsworth announced his retirement earlier this week citing personal and professional reasons.
His duties will be divided among three senior staff this way:
Laubenstein said he asked his commissioners and their directors to come up with a plan to realign duties with the approach that “you don’t just automatically replace a position.”
“It actually happened a lot faster than I expected,” he said.
Laubenstein said it’s not the case that commissioners are underworked but that the directors who work for them have been taking on more responsibilities, including attending council meetings to answer directly to city politicians.
“I think it’s an understanding of what a commissioner does. They work at a hands-off level,” he said. “We’ve been working with our directors to be more hands-on.”
The division of Segsworth’s duties will also result in a saving of his salary, at least $110,000 a year.
There will also be a saving on Segsworth’s executive assistant who, Laubenstein said, will help the three commissioners with the transition of duties and then eventually fill a retirement vacancy.