When work ends today, Deputy City Manager JJ Musgrove will be ending his five-and-a-half-year tenure with the City of Columbia as the city dissolves his position. The change was announced by press release this morning.
An elimination of one of the two deputy city manager positions is just the latest in a string of changes in the City of Columbia’s upper management. After being placed on administrative leave in December, Police Chief Ken Burton resigned last Friday, completing his duties yesterday evening. City Manager Mike Matthes resigned his post in November.
In the press release, Interim City Manager John Glascock said the decision to eliminate Musgrove’s position was made to “increase efficiencies.”
“Hard decisions need to be made as the city is committed to running as efficiently as possible in all departments,” Glascock said in the release. “However, we’re still dedicated to providing a high level of service to our community.”
Musgrove ascended to the office of deputy city manager in April 2017 after working as director of the City of Columbia’s office of cultural affairs since 2013. The city says departments which used to report to Musgrove will now report directly to the interim city manager.