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Strategic plan rough draft reviewed

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Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee talks with commissioners, department heads and community leaders during a Feb. 14 meeting.

Staff Reports

Elected officials, department heads and community leaders gathered Feb. 14 to work on details of a Cobb County strategic plan with the aim of setting goals for the community’s future.

The draft plan is under review by a working committee made up of the Cobb Board of Commissioners, other elected officials, the county manager, various department heads and members of the public.

The working group meets periodically to discuss ongoing changes in the draft, which was drawn up based on county employee and public input.

"We’re doing this to prioritize what our goals should be," Chairman Tim Lee said during the meeting.

A range of strategic initiative topics are outlined in the draft, including leadership, efficiency of county services, human resources, county government financing and economic vitality. Suggested goals include placing a priority on improving intra-government communication, saving money and avoiding duplication of county services.

It also calls for the implementation of recommendations made by the Citizen’s Oversight Committee, the Department of Transportation to relieve traffic congestion using both local methods and coordination with regional efforts as well as a 20-year plan to ensure an adequate water supply for the county.

District One Commissioner Helen Goreham expressed concerns about making the strategic plan too unwieldy.

"This is an ongoing to-do list," she said. "Let’s keep it simple."

The initial draft was presented by former business executive Jerry Davis, who volunteered to meet with county officials and help create the strategic plan.

"What goals should be there that aren’t there?" Davis asked the committee, promising to revise the plan and bring it back for consideration. The group hopes to finish it in the spring.

Various issues brought up during the meeting were whether the plan should address recruitment and retention of public safety personnel, the role of county government in economic development and stormwater management issues.

Aside from the Board of Commissioners and department heads, other committee members include Sheriff Neil Warren, Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk, Citizen’s Oversight Committee Chair Brett McClung, Marietta Daily Journal Executive Vice President Otis A. Brumby III, WellStar Senior Vice-President of Public and Government Affairs Kim Menefee, Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tony Britton and Acworth Alderman Tim Houston, who is chairman of the Cobb Municipal Association.