From Barry Glassman for County Executive:
Harford County Executive-elect Barry Glassman launched the transition to his administration Wednesday, announcing plans for a restructuring to improve county services, save money and enable a return to competitive wages for county employees. The newly elected county executive will take the oath of office in a December 1 inauguration at Harford Community College. He plans executive actions on December 2 to initiate the restructuring and propose an early retirement incentive for employees.
“The purpose of this restructuring is to rightsize local government and build a culture that puts people first. Despite fiscal pressures, my objectives are to provide efficient, customer-driven services for our citizens and to reinvest in our county workforce,” Glassman said.
Glassman wrote in a November 5 email to all county employees that his incoming administration will seek efficiencies in the county departmental structure and identify potential savings. Assuring workers that the process will be respectful and as transparent as possible, Glassman wrote that he plans to present executive orders for the first phase of the restructuring, along with proposed legislation on an early retirement incentive, at the County Council’s regularly scheduled legislative session on December 2, 2014. Glassman concluded that his goal for the first six months of 2015 is to reinvest in the county workforce, most of whom have not had salary increases in six of the past seven years.
In preparation for the reorganization, County Executive-elect Glassman assigned transition teams Wednesday to review and analyze county departments and report back to him, by November 21, their recommendations for the structure of his administration.
The transition teams are comprised of a diverse and inclusive group of volunteers, including professionals and subject area experts from the business community, labor unions, the non-profit sector, the NAACP, religious organizations, and importantly, people who are customers of the county department that they will review. Each team will have approximately three to five members.
“I have created these transition teams to include citizens who interact with county government and to give them a voice in its reorganization,” Glassman said.
A total of 15 teams, each assigned to one county department, will meet with their respective department director to review the transition binders prepared by directors to assist incoming administrations. These meetings will include an exchange of ideas for improving efficiencies and service.
Glassman met with the transition team chairpersons Wednesday afternoon. He has directed team members to conduct their work with the utmost respect for all county employees. He also plans to attend several of their meetings.
Recommendations from the teams to the county executive-elect will be limited to the organizational structure of his administration. The teams’ work will not include personnel recommendations about department directors or other individual employees.
County Executive-elect Glassman will announce any new department director nominees for his cabinet when decisions and the related vetting processes are completed. Announcements may begin as early as next week. Cabinet nominees are also subject to confirmation by the County Council.
Regarding his selection process, Glassman said, “It is no secret that I have been preparing myself for a long time to be county executive. Throughout my 30 years of public service, I have spotted talented people for my cabinet, while other candidates have reached out to me. As I make my final selections, I have set a high bar for public servants who must be ethical, competent and accountable to the people of Harford County.”
Harford County Executive David R. Craig and County Executive-elect Barry Glassman Hold Transition Meeting
From Harford County government:
Harford County Executive David R. Craig and County Executive-elect Barry Glassman met today at the Harford County Government Administrative Offices to facilitate the transition between their respective administrations.
County Executive Craig is term-limited and ending his second and half term after nearly a decade in office. County Executive -elect Glassman is an experienced legislator, most recently representing Harford County in the Maryland Senate. He was elected county executive on Tuesday and takes the oath of office on December 1, 2014. Both Craig and Glassman are Havre de Grace High School Alumni.
The cordial meeting included a brief tour of the administrative offices located at 220 South Main Street in Bel Air. Additionally, to enable continuity for county business, County Executive -elect Glassman signed the printing plates used to authorize checks issued by the Treasury Department.