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Towler tabbed to fill city manager consultant position

By Staff | Aug 23, 2010

City Manager Gary King has tapped William “Bill” Towler as one of his Organizational Effectiveness Program consultants.
King said Towler will be on the job as of 9 a.m. today, and will make $39 an hour.
King created the positions this month to help him look at reorganizing the city’s many departments. Towler is filing one of two such positions, and King said he will name the other organizational program consultant soon.
Towler was chosen, in part, to examine the city transportation fleet.
King called Towler a “valuable asset,” and said his time in auto insurance, primarily his role in a “catastrophe assistance program” following Hurricane Andrew, made him ideal for the job.
He said Towler will be examining fleet acquisition and asset management, among other items.
Towler did not meet the minimum education requirement for the job.
As advertised on the city’s website, the minimum qualifications are a “bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business or extensive equivalent experience with five or more years of executive management experience in a large organization, and completion of related professional training in organizational development, strategic planning, staff development, and implementation of organizational change.”
Towler only possess a high school diploma, but City Spokeswoman Connie Barron said previously his “extensive executive experience” qualifies him for the job.
Towler’s contract terms are for three months at $39 an hour with no benefits. He will report directly to King, who said previously the position was already budgeted in the 2010 amended budget.
King said Towler’s contract was “standard,” and there was “nothing unique or different” about it.
Regarding the task Towler is facing of streamlining the city’s fleet King said, “There are some opportunities for efficiencies there.”