Commissioner De La Cruz developed the Hand-in-Hand concept, the idea of taking county government to District 2 neighborhoods to give constituents direct access to senior level county managers and elected officials. The first Hand-in-Hand was held at the Westside Community Center in 2009. In 2010, a second Hand-in-Hand event was held at the South Valley Multipurpose Center. Tables and booths were set up to allow residents the opportunity to talk with county employees one-on-one to obtain useful information about programs and services that benefit the community. Residents could also share their comments and concerns with key decision-makers, including the county sheriff, assessor, clerk, treasurer and probate judge.
“This is way to take county government to meet the people in their community and let them know their concerns are being listened to and acted on,” says Commissioner De La Cruz.