Assistant city manager's duties to be reassigned after promotions

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | 6:02 p.m. CDT; updated 11:59 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — City Manager Mike Matthes announced Tuesday that Paula Hertwig Hopkins will vacate her position as assistant city manager because of budget cuts.

Hertwig Hopkins' duties will be fulfilled after two current city employees receive promotions, according to city spokeswoman Toni Messina. Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine will assume the title of deputy city manager, a position Matthes recently created. Carol Rhodes, assistant to the city manager, will be the new assistant city manager.

Hertwig Hopkins held the position for more than 11 years and also served as acting city manager earlier this year after former City Manager Bill Watkins decided to retire. She served in that position until Matthes was appointed as the new city manager in March.

Messina said the elimination of Hertwig Hopkins’ position is only due to budget cuts.

“It’s been a tough year,” Messina said about the budget constraints.

Messina said Hertwig Hopkins will continue to work as a periodic consultant and will still receive pay until the end of the year.

In a city news release Hertwig Hopkins said, "I wish the city, mayor and City Council all the best as they move forward and face new challenges and opportunities."

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