In October, the city of San Diego’s top managers made a startling admission. The city had become, “a reactive organization lacking proper oversight to ensure that taxpayer dollars were being appropriately and effectively managed,” a report to the City Council said.
To remedy that, the Council approved a dramatic City Hall reorganization that added five high-level positions. Stacey LoMedico, the head of the city’s park and recreation department and a nearly 30-year city employee, became one of them.
LoMedico’s title is assistant chief operating officer, making her No. 2 on the management side. She’ll oversee all the issues that are in vogue in city politics: parks, libraries, streets, planning and economic development.
In the spring, the city will have its fourth mayor in two years, counting current interim leader Todd Gloria. No matter who wins, LoMedico sees the refashioned management team’s role as implementing what the next mayor wants.