Schuh Transition Chairs Present Recommendations to Reform Anne Arundel County Government
Millersville, MD (February 11, 2015) – County Executive Steve Schuh today gathered his cabinet for a presentation of government reform recommendations from the chairs of his citizen transition committee, Alan Friedman and James King.
“Our overall objective is to make our county the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland,” said Schuh. “The recommendations of my transition committee will help make county government more responsive, efficient, and effective.”
During the meeting, Friedman and King outlined six countywide reforms needed 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 presentation also included specific departmental reform recommendations, and will be part of a final transition report released in the near future. The transition team was comprised of 24 separate committees and consisted of more than 200 citizens from Anne Arundel County.
County Executive Steve Schuh was sworn in as 9th Anne Arundel County Executive on December 1st.