The Lane County Board of Commissioners agenda for this past calendar year centered on the priorities of its 2014-17 Strategic Plan.
The three strategic priorites of the plan are:
1. A Safe, Healthy County
2. Vibrant Communities
Throughout 2015 the Strategic Plan moved forward on a broad range of fronts. While working closely with the full board and administration I was able to focus on a number of specifics that are of particular importance to me in the areas of accountable government, public safety and economic vitality.
Performance Auditor: I chaired the committee that developed a work plan and Lane Manual Office of Performance Auditor charter.
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP): Lane County Commissioners also serve as the Board of Health for Lane County.
Behavioral Health: identified as the greatest risk to the county, a new focus on solutions for behavioral health issues that includes housing, case work and wet beds has gained momentum.
Year-round Lane County Farmers’ Market: the goal of establishing a year-round farmers’ market in downtown Eugene is movin closer to reality.
Poverty and Homelessness Board: the enormous and unprecedented work of the the PHB has led to great strides in addressing homelessness, poverty, mental health issues and solutions.
Operation 365, housing homeless veterans: I chaired the PHB’s Veterans’ Housing Subcommittee which teamed with the Mayor’s Challenge to place 365 homeless veterans and their families into housing.
Jail Levy audit: an independent external audit found that the county is using the dollars from the Sheriff’s levy as promised and is exceeding stated objectives.
Equity and Human Rights Task Force: a task force has started work to identify ways and means to ensure equity and diversity in Lane County public practices.
Much progress has been reported and measured in each of these areas. I will provide reports detailing specific accomplishments made by Lane County staff.