ROCKVILLE, Md., July 21, 2010—The Montgomery County Council on July 20 named eight people to the new Montgomery Organizational Reform Commission. The commission, composed of County residents who are experienced in government, business or non-profit service delivery, will help guide the County toward creating efficient models of providing services and operations.
The Commission, created by the Council’s approval of Resolution 16-1350, will make recommendations for potential reorganization or consolidation of functions performed by County government and County-funded agencies. The resolution’s chief sponsor on the Council was Councilmember Roger Berliner, who worked with County Executive Isiah Leggett toward creation of the commission.
The Council and County Executive each designated four members to serve on the commission and each recommended one member as co-chair.
The Council nominees to the commission were Scott Fosler of Chevy Chase, who has served as president of the National Academy of Public Administration; Daniel Hoffman of Rockville, who for the past nine years has experience managing organization transformation and process analysis efforts as a senior associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Washington Federal Practice; Vernon H. Ricks, Jr., of Potomac, a former Takoma Park City Councilmember who has served on the boards of directors of Maryland Municipal League and the National League of Cities; and Len Simon of Bethesda, the president of the Edgemoor Citizens Association and an employee of the Washington-based firm Simon and Company that works with local governments.
County Executive Leggett’s nominees to the commission were M. Christina Echavarren of Bethesda, an executive with a non-profit organization who is experienced in modernizing budget and accounting processes; Joan Fidler of Bethesda, the president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League; Susan Heltemes of Silver Spring, who has led and managed teams for nationally recognized research firm Westat; and Richard Wegman of Bethesda, the former chief counsel and staff director of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Governmental Affairs.
Mr. Ricks and Mr. Wegman were named co-chairs of the commission.
The commission must solicit suggestions for potential reorganization or consolidation of functions performed by County government and County-funded agencies by meeting with elected officials; County residents; business and community leaders; County and agency employees; bargaining unit representatives; and other stakeholders.
The commission will draft and adopt written criteria to evaluate which suggestions merit further consideration by the commission. The criteria must include a minimum level of potential cost savings (for example, $1 million per year); a standard for ease of implementation; and a measure of acceptable service level impact.
The commission must submit a status report of its progress and a work plan to the Council and the Executive no later than Sept. 30. It final report is due by Jan. 31. The report must contain the commission's recommendations to reorganize or consolidate functions performed by County government or County-funded agencies.
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