Final Schuh Transition Report Released
Annapolis, MD (May 8, 2015) – County Executive Steve Schuh today released his transition committee’s final extended report.
“This report will provide the blueprint for reform in our county,” said Schuh. “Throughout March and April, I met with our department heads to examine each recommendation and we are well on our way to making our county government more efficient and effective.”
“Though not all recommendations will be implemented, the transition committee has provided an invaluable service to our county and I thank them for helping make our county the best place to live, work, and start a business.”
While the 62 page report includes hundreds of specific recommendations for each department, six countywide reforms are outlined to improve government performance and service:
- Information Technology: From the Department of Aging and Disabilities to Workforce Development there is a need to upgrade county technology and information systems.
- Cross Departmental Collaborations and Cooperation: County Departments need to communicate effectively and collaborate in order to better serve citizens of the county.
- Build Customer Friendly Culture in County Government: Instill the mindset that citizens are customers and deserve prompt and effective service.
- Streamlined Procurement Process: Improvements in the procurement system, both internal and external, could also enhance opportunities to build local private sector capacity to do business with the county.
- Public Private Partnerships: Enhancing opportunities for local businesses, including minority business enterprises, to provide goods and services to county government could result in reducing budget costs, creating jobs in the private sector, and increasing efficiency in county services.
- Revenue Enhancements from Private Resources: There is need for departments to use 501(c)(3) foundations to provide services to citizens.
The citizen transition committee was formed shortly after Schuh’s election as Anne Arundel County Executive in November 2014 and was chaired by Alan Friedman and James King. The transition team was comprised of 24 separate committees and consisted of more than 200 citizens from Anne Arundel County.