OAKLEY -- The city has just hired employees of a consulting firm it has used for years now that one of the company's founders has left and the business is dissolving.

Jason Vogan, who helped establish Delta Municipal Consulting Inc., has counted Oakley among his clients since 2006, serving as its city engineer and public works director.

He recently accepted a job with a San Ramon civil engineering firm and notified the city that he'd be dismantling his business.

As it searches for his replacement, the city on Friday brought on nine people who worked for DMC, including Brent Smith, who has been serving as Oakley's chief building official and will remain in that position.

Four of those transitioned to the city as engineering and inspection employees, working no more than 960 hours a year, according to human resources administrator Cecelia Nichols Fritzler.

All employees will be in a salary range that's the average of what their counterparts make at East Contra Costa's three other cities and several others around the county.

Hiring the DMC workers is expected to save the city roughly $100,000 annually, in part because it won't be paying for a private company's profit margin. Another reason for the savings is that the consulting firm had overhead costs -- leased office space and insurance, for example -- that the city either doesn't have or that it can absorb without paying more, Fritzler told the City Council on Tuesday.


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Moreover, the city no longer will have to share a portion of the revenue from building permit fees with DMC, she said.

Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.