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Message From County Administrator

Published:  September 24, 2020

Dear County Family,  

First, I would like to thank you all for your dedication in providing essential services to our community regardless of our circumstances. In particular, I applaud your response to the Meyers and Walbridge fires amid this coronavirus pandemic. I don’t know how else to put it but your actions saved lives, helped residents in a time of great need, and put many of those who were impacted on a path to recovery. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

When I wrote to you in July, I mentioned that the Board was embarking on a difficult budget process with a $45 million shortfall in our 2020-21 budget. I’m pleased to say that on Sept. 11, the Board voted to adopt a $1.9 billion budget for 2020-21 that avoided layoffs while making investments in critical areas such as fire recovery, permanent supportive housing, COVID-19 response and mental health and homeless services. You can read a summary here, and view more budget information about our new spending plan here.

As always, I want to recognize and thank those employees who are continuing to come into the office to perform their work during the pandemic, as well as those who are working from home and are juggling child care or schooling. We do not plan to expand in-office services until we see greater containment of the virus in our community. Nonetheless, I’m pleased to say that our  case numbers are on the decline, and we seem to be moving ever closer to that “red tier” in the governor’s new four-tiered Blueprint for a Safer Economy structure. As our progress continues, our health and communications teams are working ahead to get ready to address the many questions that we know will come as we move out of the highly restrictive “purple” tier and allow more of our community and our economy to reopen. You will be able to track our progress by going to SoCoEmergency.org

As we continue to meet our obligations to support our community, we recognize that our work can be demanding and fatiguing. Please take time to care for yourselves. Make time to rest. No doubt, the COVID-19 situation is going to force us all to modify our traditions during the coming holidays. My hope is that, regardless of these changes, that you will be able to celebrate with family and friends in a way that still brings you joy and peace - and provides safety for everyone

Sheryl Bratton
County Administrator

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