San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has hired an executive consultant to help his office, a role that includes personal coaching.
Filner hired Justin Gittelman, a La Jolla-based management consultant, for $25,000 in city funds for up to a year of work. Gittelman’s job is to create a strategic plan to better the performance of the mayor’s office. The contract calls for professional, staff and organizational development for the mayor’s staff and “individual coaching with Mayor Filner.”
“The focus of every coaching session, training engagement, and developmental conversation is to acquire and refine knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve performance creating operational excellence,” the contract reads. “Areas to be focused include the following: Leadership, Communication, Delegation, Goal Achievement. Staff Development, Scheduling, Press Operation, and Process Improvement.”
Voice of San Diego obtained Gittelman’s contract through a public records request. The copy is unsigned and undated, so it’s unclear when he began working.