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Audit of span of control released

Today, the City Auditor’s Office released an audit report assessing span of control (the number of employees reporting to a supervisor) throughout City departments. The audit concludes that the City has fewer employees per supervisor than other government agencies that have studied span of control. Average span of control in City departments ranges from 3.2 to 12.8 employees per supervisor. The audit also concludes that the City has more management layers than the other government organizations. The City has up to nine management layers between the city manager and line workers.

The report includes recommendations to review cases where a supervisor has too few or too many employees reporting to him or her, and to consider span of control issues before filling vacancies or approving new positions. Management agreed with the recommendations.

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