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County works on a model for excellence

Nevada County’s vision for the future is to become a model of governmental excellence.

“We may not be there in some of the eyes of our citizens,” said Tim Snellings, director of intergovernmental affairs. “But this is what will drive us as a county.”

To guide the county toward its vision of excellence, the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the county’s vision, mission, values, goals and objectives Tuesday.

The goals and objectives will be utilized to guide the budget process for the 2002-03 fiscal year and improve the county’s delivery of services.

The 11 goals adopted Tuesday – along with lists of objectives aimed at achieving those goals – were identified during a board planning workshop in January.

The mission was refined, some goals were reorganized, and 15 new objectives were fashioned, Snellings said, during February’s controversial planning retreat for department heads in Placer County.

Last month, Supervisor Sue Horne objected to the retreat because it was first said to cost up to $30,000 and because the money was being spent in Foresthill, instead of supporting local businesses.

Supervisor Peter Van Zant voiced support for the retreat last month, saying strategic planning and coordination between department heads was necessary to improve the county’s efficiency and save money in the long run.

Snellings announced Tuesday that the price tag for the three-day retreat was $19,357.90, a total cost of $642.45 per person.

“The cost was very much in line with previous workshop endeavors,” Snellings said, adding that a Grass Valley business was hired to cater the retreat.

Tuesday, Supervisor Elizabeth Martin also voiced support for the county’s planning and coordinating effort.

“I think this is so not a waste of time… so central to the mission of governance,” she said.

The county as an organization should be driven by “mutually established goals and objectives, as opposed to whim,” said Ted Gaebler, the county executive officer.

Van Zant said that when he came on the board in 1996, “there wasn’t a lot of clear vision of where we were going.”

“What we’ve done now is identified ways that we can advance services to the public,” Van Zant said. “The goods news is that when we complete and implement this list, we’ll create a new one and move another notch forward.”

Van Zant said anyone who looks at the county’s ambitious goals will support the process used to identify them.

“And I’m also confident that we’re going to increase our efficiency far above the cost of the two retreats,” he said, referring to the board planning workshop and department heads’ retreat.

Horne said she appreciated the efforts of department heads and the work that went into developing the county’s goals and objectives.

She said she was pleased that a Nevada County caterer was hired for the retreat.

“I think that was a result of public discussion,” Horne said. “I’m also pleased that, as a result of public discussion, the cost of the retreat was reduced.”

Horne said ensuring the efficient use of county funds should be a priority of county government.

On the Net

The entire text of Nevada County1s vision, mission, values, goals and objectives can be accessed at Go to What1s New, and click on New County Goals Adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

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