Modernization and Efficiency
When I joined the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee in 2019, it was taking up to six months to finalize contracts with all the agencies tasked with bringing more tourists to Jefferson County. This is only one example of an institutional friction I commented on as a candidate in 2018.
Since I arrived on the BoCC, I have been pushing for more efficiency in county procedures. I am proud to report this year that all the contracts for 2022 LTAC have already been signed within 10 days of the new year. We are working hard to enable and encourage staff to improve efficiency and transparency throughout the county, including collective bargaining, the budgeting, and regulatory reform. Real progress is happening in the efforts to reform our regulatory codes in line with equity and inclusion.
My past in IT has also been helpful as Jefferson County modernizes other systems including our permit processing system and our financial software. It is a fast-changing world, and the ability to comprehend new systems is a skill that has served me well as we transitioned to virtual meetings and developed new ways of work within the county.One of the silver linings of the move to more virtual meetings and work is the increase in transparency and access. An example of this is the increased attendance at Monday BoCC meetings, and the partnership with KPTZ to broadcast our weekly update with our health officer and Director of Emergency Management.