Jackson County Public Works
Facilities Management is responsible for maintaining Jackson County’s buildings. This includes providing a secure physical environment for Jackson County employees and visitors, attending to the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. They also provide project management for many of the budgeted capital improvement projects that are undertaken every year.
The Facilities Management Division of Public Works is responsible for seven buildings including the Downtown Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex in Independence, the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, the Community Justice Building, the Jackson County Detention Center, the Jackson County Board of Elections Building, and the Examiner Building in Independence.
This division manages all county janitorial contracts, oversees the recycling program and makes sure the parking lots are cleared of snow in the winter. Their employees pick up litter and monitor the grounds of the buildings as well.
It takes a lot of staff to accomplish all of the goals of this division. Facilities Management has a carpenter, plumber, electrician and painter. It also has operating engineers, building repairers, maintenance workers, a building superintendent and an office administrator.
Their E-Mail Work Requests have increased more than 39% over last year. Completed work orders have increased 54% over the last year because of better job tracking, organization and documentation.
Facilities completes approximately 400 work orders per month. The division has instituted a more sophisticated method of handling work orders and has made an effort to work with appropriate personnel in other divisions to offer the sometimes more cost-effective services the staff can provide.
For instance, Facilities Management now does the network wiring for judge’s benches for a savings of about $2,000 per courtroom.