Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Fitz-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Ed FitzGerald

Improve marketing for the region

"FitzGerald will commit to playing an active role personally and commit county staff and resources to collaborating with award-winning marketing efforts from organizations like Team Neo and PositivelyCleveland to market and promote the region."

Conduct business in the open

"FitzGerald will ensure that the decision making process of county government is open and transparent. Only by conducting our business in the open can we restore public trust in local government. Transparency not only discourages questionable dealings, it also yields better public policy by encouraging public participation."

Improve public transportation access

"FitzGerald is committed to working to improve public transportation access in our cities."

Promote programs to improve health of residents

"There are many health issues particular to different populations, whether because of age, race, ethnicity, or gender. Working with our various health institutions, county government can do more to assist in improving the health of all residents and the whole community." Health services for seniors could be strengthened and expanded. Working with community leaders, access to quality grocery stores and healthy food can be improved in all communities.

Adopt countywide public safety master plan

The plan -- developed with the police chiefs, the U.S. marshals office and the county prosecutor's office -- will improve intelligence sharing between communities, coordinate purchasing and improve records management inter-operability.

Establish a Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

The special patrol unit will be "deployed strategically around the county to augment local law enforcement agencies," as part of a "data-driven 'hot spot' approach."

Generate revenue by housing federal prisoners

"Currently, the U.S. Marshal’s office for the Northern District of Ohio spends millions of dollars a year to house and transport federal prisoners to correctional facilities outside Cuyahoga County. By increasing capacity in local jails through more efficient processing of criminal cases, these prisoners could remain in Cuyahoga County’s detention facilities. This simultaneously saves money in transportation costs for the U.S. Marshal’s office while providing a consistent revenue stream for local law enforcement agencies."

Establish and enhance the regional crime lab

"It is essential that the current efforts to establish a regional crime lab be brought to a successful conclusion."

Create a missing persons database

"Such a database will simplify the currently cumbersome process which has frustrated the efforts of both law enforcement and the public."

Establish a program to keep offenders from returning to crime

"A community-based program is needed to address the root causes of recidivism; the link between criminal activity and economic opportunity must be acknowledged and addressed."

Save money and increase accountability through a data-based system called CountyStat

"Under the Cuyahoga CountyStat system, departments will develop, measure, track and report specific performance measures that detail service quality and responsiveness."

Post CountyStat dashboards online

"Online-accessible performance measure dashboards will be available on the county's website."

Draw on management expertise from loaned executives

"Managers from the private sector with expertise in fields such as technology integration, worker productivity, human resources and strategic planning will be invited to loan their talent to the CountyStat task force." Also "They will be accountable to the county executive and report regularly to the public and economic development commission."