Kamenetz to Announce Cost Saving, Consolidation Plans
The newly-elected county executive will begin implementing changes when he is sworn in on Dec. 6.
County Executive-elect Kevin Kamenetz is expected to announce details today of a series of cost-saving ideas that he will attempt to enact as soon as he is sworn in Dec.6.
A Kamenetz spokesman said details were not immediately available but at least part of the announcement will include the consolidation of services in county government.
Days after winning the Nov. 2 election, Kamenetz announced that he was ordering Fred Homan, the county administrative officer, and Rob Stradling, the director of the Office of Information Technology, to conduct two studies.
The first study, to be conducted by Homan, is focusing on making county government more efficient. That study is expected to be completed by Dec. 6.
Stradling's study is focusing on efficiencies and cost savings that could come through an increased reliance on technology. It is due in February.
Kamenetz said in November that one of his goals is to reduce the number of county employees through attrition. Layoffs, he said at the time, are not planned.
It is not known if Kamenetz plans today to make official some changes he talked about on the campaign trail.
One of those ideas included eliminating the Office of Sustainability.The office is a cabinet level department that employs just two people—David Carroll, the former director of the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management, and Carroll's aide.
The office has been criticized as needless and Kamenetz said its functions could be performed by other county departments.
During the campaign, Kamenetz said he would combine the office with Carroll's former department and rename the new entity the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.
Many sources believe that Vince Gardina, a retiring five-term councilman, is a leading candidate to become director of that new position. Gardina made a reputation for himself as the environmental conscience on the council.
He also was instrumental in Kamenetz's victory. He contributed more than $200,000 to Kamenetz's campaign and was a key adviser and volunteer.