Mayor-elect Greg Fischer has made what could be the final staff announcement of the transition. He has ordered a performance audit of the Public Works Department “to insure (sic) it is operating at maximum efficiency and effectiveness.”

From the Fischer team:

Fischer also announced that he will conduct a national search for new directors for the Department of Public Health & Wellness and Metro Animal Services — and he rounded out his administration by announcing that remaining departments heads, along with their assistant directors and executive assistants not affected by last week’s personnel announcements, will remain in their roles.

Fischer announced that the Public Works Audit Team — led by Dave Vogel, Vice President of Customer Service Distribution Operations for Louisville Water Company — will conduct the top-to-bottom review of the department, which has an $83 million budget and 728 full-time employees. Vogel will be on loan to the Mayor’s Office for up to six months while he and his team conduct the review. Public Works Director Ted Pullen will remain in his role while the review is being conducted.


Fischer today also announced that directors and assistant directors in related agencies, such as the Louisville Zoo or the Parking Authority of River City, will remain in their roles, as will most of the existing personnel in the Mayor’s Office not affected by last week’s personnel announcements.

No word on whether Fischer will explore extending the city’s urban services to the old county. Metro Council President Tom Owen was planning to form a committee to explore the idea, but said he decided to wait until Fischer took office before pursuing a reworking of city operations.

Fischer previously announced eight new appointees. His team will also hire a new Economic Development Director to replace Bruce Traughber, who is leaving on January 3rd.