This will be a top priority. We succeeded in lifting the decades old Federal court order that had forced County Jail inmates to be released by a matrix system, and returned control of the jail to law enforcement and the courts where it belongs. We’re also partnering with the Sheriff and the Prosecutor to ensure that sex offender registration will also be a top County priority.
We must consistently motivate, support, and reward an excellent and professional county workforce.
We will strive to govern with openness and transparency. In the past a veil of secrecy has existed over how county government operates and spends public dollars. In cooperation with the County Legislature, we are changing that. Because we do the public's business we will do everything in our power to lift that veil of secrecy surrounding business practices at the Courthouse.
For example, even though the County Charter allows the County Executive to issue no-bid professional service contracts, the County Executive has voluntarily placed new limits on that power by issuing Executive Order 07-16. Jackson County now takes open bids on all professional service contracts and reports results to the County Legislature for oversight. By voluntarily limiting this power, we hope to send a clear message that Jackson County is open for business and that the people’s business will be open for public scrutiny.