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Budget Briefing from the County Executive Office
I am energized to lead the County of Nevada in the role of County Executive Officer and humbled to be following Rick Haffey who served as our CEO for over 15 years. Due to the strong policy direction of our Board of Supervisors and the outstanding work of our Departments, our County leads the State in many service areas and often serves as a model for other rural counties. Our staff is well respected statewide, regularly serving in leadership roles on state boards and workgroups and are consulted with on State policy issues. As the incoming CEO for Nevada County, I plan to maintain the policies and practices that have served us well, including a continued focus on fiscal prudence.
The Board of Supervisors has established clear strategic priorities for the upcoming year addressing issues that are important to our community. These priorities include reducing the risk of local wildfire, addressing homelessness, and increasing affordable and workforce housing. Supporting job-enhancing economic development continues to be a high priority for the Board of Supervisors with an emphasis on enhancing infrastructure including broadband that expands or preserves local commerce.
I also am bringing focus to three important areas:
Communication: Open and honest communication within our community and the organization is a high priority. I will take the time to keep the public informed about what is happening in their local government through a variety of channels. This includes rolling out a public-facing dashboard showing the metrics on County initiatives and Board priorities. I believe that an informed community leads to an engaged community where new ideas can be generated and different viewpoints can be shared.
Community Engagement: Engaging the community in the work we do is vital. Policy objectives have become more complex from developing fire prevention strategies to addressing the need for affordable housing. Developing partnerships with our customers, community stakeholders, public and private organizations is key. As an organization, aligning our strategies and leveraging resources with our community partners will be essential.
Organizational Excellence: It is important for me to support a work culture of high performance by proactively seeking new opportunities to better serve our community, and continually improving the way we conduct business through efficiency and quality. This includes continuing to attract talented individuals who are experts in their field as well as investing in our employees’ careers through professional development and growth opportunities. This will translate to delivering excellent public service that our residents should expect and deserve.