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Board to discuss mission, retreat

Nevada County supervisors will talk visions, missions and goals Tuesday, some of which were dreamed up at February’s much-talked-about department heads’ planning retreat.

Every year, supervisors, county executives and department heads review the county’s “vision, mission, values, goals and objectives” and do strategic planning, according to a report by County Administrative Officer Ted Gaebler and Tim Snellings, director of intergovernmental relations.



Tuesday’s report outlines the year’s planning process and includes a list of priority goals and objectives identified by the supervisors during a planning workshop in January, and 15 new objectives added during a department heads’ workshop at February’s retreat.




If they’re adopted, Gaebler and his office will utilize the goals and objectives to guide the 2002-03 budget process and “performance measures development,” stated the report.

The 15 objectives that came out of the department heads retreat include ensuring efficient use of county funds; ensuring adequate staffing of departments and agencies; keeping the crime rate low; and establishing at least four or more cross-departmental teams to develop four affordable-housing projects or programs by Sept. 31.

Held in Foresthill in Placer County, the department heads’ retreat was defended by some as a valid planning and coordinating tool to improve the county’s delivery of services and save taxpayers’ money in the long run.

Critics questioned the logic of going out of the county instead of supporting local business, and financing a retreat when the state is wrestling with a $12 billion (and growing) budget deficit.

The county’s executive office has yet to release figures on the final cost of the retreat – said to range from $18,000 to $30,000 – but is expected to do so Tuesday.

Know and Go

WHAT: Adoption of the 2002-03 Nevada County Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Objectives; report on department heads’ retreat

WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City


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