Since the July 1st transition of County Management, your County leadership team has worked with urgency to correct the actions of the previous County Manager that have eroded your trust in County leadership. It is disheartening to us – and, we know, to you – that we find ourselves in this situation. For that, we apologize deeply. We know that it will take time to restore your faith in local government again. It is our number one priority to show you through our actions, that from day one, we are committed to government that serves you in an atmosphere of transparency and openness.
From day one we identified and implemented several changes in procedures and practices that will prevent what happened before from happening again, we have removed broad discretionary authority from the manager, changed policies and required all personnel and budget changes be presented, deliberated and acted upon in a public meeting. In addition, we have built and published public dashboards that offer transparency on budget, debt, capital, programs and initiatives.
We continue to be focused on this work every day. At the same time, we see this effort as an opportunity not only to fix all that needs fixing, but also to make our County government work better for you. Our goal is to ensure your County government —our government – is open, honest and responsive, and that we represent and serve you as we should and as you deserve.
Mandy Stone, County Manager