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Executive Management
Managing & Promoting Effective Efficiency
The following list details initiatives taken to manage and promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the county government. Recently, the county has:
  • Merged the departments of Human Services and Community Services after determining that efficiencies will lead to more services being delivered to the public - This includes closing the old Puget Sound Hospital and moving into more efficient leased space. The new agency is called Pierce County Community Connections.
  • Invited Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag's team to assess the performance measures used by 22 Pierce County departments to inform management decisions and promote accountability and transparency to the public - The report and performance management training provided by the State Auditor will improve services to citizens by setting better targets, measuring what matters and balancing measures to reflect both operations and outcomes.
  • Eliminated double health care coverage for judges and required all county employees to pay a portion of their premiums for the first time
  • Implemented the "How Are We Doing?" program that enables customers to comment on the delivery of county programs and services
  • Analyzed county boards and commissions and recommended eliminations or modifications to save money
  • Adopted an email retention policy that meets state requirements and earned an award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government
  • Initiated a project to make Planning and Land Services the best permitting agency in the state - Among other things, the new online system makes it easier to apply for permits and track their progress.
  • Signed an agreement with Tacoma-based Chuckals Office Supply that saves taxpayers money while supporting local jobs
  • Produced a two-page document called Budget Report 2010 that summarizes where county revenues come from and how spending is prioritized