WEBSTER CITY – Webster City City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez has announced the addition of Biridiana (Biri) Bishop as the new Deputy City Manager.
Biri, pronounced “Bee”, joins city staff after previously serving the city of Wasco, Calif., where she began in community development as a planner before being promoted to director of public works.
“I am very happy and delighted that Biri has joined our team at Webster City. She is a very bright and dedicated, community-oriented public servant with a unique professional and personal experience that will be a tremendous asset to the community ”, says Ortiz-Hernandez.
The city manager said Webster City will address some important succession planning issues and issues over the next several years. The city has more than 77 regular employees, not counting volunteer firefighters or seasonal staff. Of the 77 regular employees, about 26 percent are eligible for retirement within the next 8 years. This includes 11 director or supervisor level positions.
“While I don’t expect or hope that these eligible directors and supervisors will retire tomorrow or even next year, the reality that I face as a CEO is that these 11 directors and Supervisors eligible to retire over the next few years are critical positions with over 347 years of institutional experience and knowledge with the Town of Webster City, ” says Ortiz-Hernandez. “It’s very intimidating, especially given the big projects underway and the difficulty in finding the right person to fill their roles and whose families can be part of our community. “
The city faces important questions regarding succession planning and organizational development for the future. For many small communities in Iowa and the Midwest, determining an appropriate succession plan while continuing to move the city and community organization forward is a considerable challenge given current employment trends. He said the addition of Bishop to the position of Deputy City Manager will ensure continuity of services and projects in addition to pursuing opportunities for organizational development and succession planning.
Bishop will have a wide range of responsibilities and will work closely with a number of departments and directors on executing long-term goals, complex projects and succession planning initiatives, according to Ortiz-Hernandez.
Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and an MBA from California State University, Bakersfield. Throughout her career, she has been involved in various professional and community groups including the Art Council of Kern, the American Public Works Association, the International City / County Management Association and the California League of Cities Transportation, Communication and Public Works Policy Committee.
She officially began her duties on August 30, but her family has been enjoying Webster City for several weeks.