Thursday, April 25, 2013
County commissioners unanimously voted to approve the county’s first strategic plan earlier this week.The strategic plan identifies five results statements, or goals, for the county in the following categories; government accountability, public safety, public infrastructure, community health and economic vitality.
“Over the past two years, Bernalillo County government has been focused on accountability with measurable goals and outcomes,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “This strategic plan will help us to align our resources with renewed focus and clear direction moving forward.”
Three elements comprise the strategic plan; the county’s mission statement, the strategies of how to work toward that mission and the five result statements for the county. Each identified desired result has indicators of what the result looks like and the ways that it will be measured. In turn, all divisions, departments and offices will align their annual budgets and objectives to support the county’s overall goals.
“We’ve identified performance measures that will lead to real results,” Commissioner Lonnie Talbert says. “This is a living, breathing document and it’s critical to stay focused and follow through on these initiatives.”
After assessing the county’s responsibilities to the residents, soliciting public input and comment, and several revisions of the document, a fully developed plan was presented and voted on by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 23.
“Seeking the public’s input and vetting their comments was pivotal in the success of this document,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek. “It’s about accountability and when everyone knows what the goals are, our everyday decisions and actions will follow.”
The development of a strategic plan was initiated by Commissioner Hart Stebbins last spring and this year, Commissioner Lonnie Talbert joined as co-sponsor of the initiative.
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