BANGS— Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop announced he will split the duties of recently resigned public works director/city administrator Scott Perry between himself and public works employee Billy Jordan.
With Perry previously serving as both city administrator and public works director, Bishop said he would assume Perry’s administrative duties while Jordan, an employee with the Bangs Public Works Department, would assume Perry’s duties in public works.
“I’m definitely disappointed in losing Scott, his expertise in dealing with projects and people,” Bishop said. “What I’m doing is assuming his supervisory responsibilities that relate to the city administrator piece of his job. He also served as the public works director and Billy Jordan is assuming his supervisory within the public works department. Essentially, what that means is three employees that were reporting to Scott will be reporting to me until such time as we find a replacement for city administrator.”
Bangs City Councilwoman Carroll Wells announced Perry’s resignation during last week’s Bangs Economic Development meeting, bringing an end to an administration that began last May. While serving as city administrator and public works director, Perry oversaw the hiring of three police officers, which replenished the department’s ranks with only Chief Jorge Camarillo on duty for months. Before becoming city administrator, Perry had served as public works director since 2016. Bishop said his the additional duties will not be overly taxing in the short term, but adding all of Perry’s duties to one employee would not be possible.
“The city administrator is a council created position that takes some of the duties the government code expects of the mayor, as CEO of the city, and gives them to a paid staff member – that being the city administrator,” Bishop said. “A lot of the parts I’ve assumed in is the supervisory and leadership. I’m not going to be hopping in holes or fixing water leaks. I don’t know how to do that. As far as assisting the department heads where they need it with budget items or personnel items, that’s what I’ve done all of my life so it’s not something that I’m not equipped to do.”
Although previously listed as city public works employee, Bishop said Jordan was Perry’s primary foreman when it came to ongoing public works projects and duties. Bishop added the city will advertise for a new city administrator, but Jordan will have an opportunity to prove himself while interim public works director and potentially become a permanent replacement at a later date.
“I’m very confident in [Jordan’s] ability to oversee the public works department on an interim basis,” Bishop said. “We’re also going to be looking to replace the public works director component of Scott’s job. The idea that we’re going to find one person to fill both roles is probably asking too much. It was a unique fit and Scott had the expertise and skillset to do it. It worked for us, but it did not necessarily work for him. He took a position that should be a paid staff employee position and essentially forced him into politics.”