Friday, December 19th, 2014

Promise Kept rulings on the Fitz-O-Meter

Make public his calendar of appointments

In a Plain Dealer survey, FitzGerald pledged he would make public each year his calendar of appointments, meetings and county-related travel.

Appoint an inspector general

In an interview with The Plain Dealer, FitzGerald said an inspector general would have power to refer criminal charges to appropriate authorities or recommend disciplinary action to the county executive and council.

Appoint a director of regional collaboration

Will promote collaboration among cities to save money and improve service delivery to strengthen the region while preserving the rights of the individual cities.

Appoint a community liaison officer to work with youth

"Part of his public engagement plan will include the assignment of a youth-specific portfolio to a community liaison within the executive’s office to maintain contact with young community leaders and arrange regular meetings between different segments of the youth community and the executive."

Offer college scholarships to county residents

"FitzGerald will work with the broad stakeholders in education to design and phase-in a program using all available resources to provide higher education scholarships to county residents."

Establish a $100-million economic development fund

Modeled after Ohio's successful Third Frontier fund, FitzGerald's "Fourth Frontier" would use grants and revenues from Cleveland's soon-to-be-built casino to invest in local businesses.

Create a non-compete policy between communities in the Fourth Frontier Program

"Any local government in Cuyahoga County can participate in the Fourth Frontier program, as long as they agree to not provide tax incentives or other public resources to lure companies away from other cities also participating in the Fourth Frontier program."

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."

Post CountyStat dashboards online

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