The city of Denison announced a series of personnel changes and organizational restructuring measures Thursday, including new positions, retirements and internal promotions.


These efforts include the creation of a new assistant city manager position, which the city has lacked for several years since the retirement of a long-time employee and the promotion of another into a directorship.


"As Denison continues to grow, its needs change and the proposed shifts to the organization reflect the city’s desire for continued improvement," City Manager Jud Rex said in a news release.


In the announcement, city officials said Director of Public Works Jimmy Moon will be retiring near the end of the month after 33 years with the city. Moon got his start with the city in 1987 when he started as an operator at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Since then, he has risen through several positions, including plant supervisor, wastewater superintendent and most recently director of public works, among other positions.


The director position will be filled by current Assistant Director of Public Works Carrie Jones.


Jones’ current position will be eliminated and combined with another role to create an assistant city manager position. The job has remained unused by the city for five years following the promotion of Rex to the city manager and the departure of Robert Hanna in 2015.


The assistant city manager role will take the place of the assistant public works director and the director of community and development services.


Thursday’s announcement noted that the city is still searching for a director of communications and engagement, which was recently vacated due to retirement.


In addition to the newly created assistant city manager position, the city council also approved three new staff positions in the most recent budget. These include a new animal services officer, a code compliance officer and a public safety dispatcher.


"As we move ahead with these changes, residents will continue to see the City be proactive to the needs of the community. It’s our goal to engage the public, enhance our neighborhoods, and make Denison the community of choice in the region," Rex said. "The best community deserves the best organization staffed with the best people. That is job number one."