Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today unveiled a plaque naming Montgomery County’s CountyStat Meeting Center the “Wayne Goldstein Center for Responsible Government.” Goldstein, a longtime civic activist and past president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation, passed away suddenly in April 2009.
“Wayne was an avid proponent of our CountyStat program,” said Leggett. “I can honestly say that his advocacy and support for this initiative were instrumental in getting this program up and running in Montgomery County. Wayne had a passion for creating transparency and accountability in government and made a point of attending almost every one of our CountyStat presentations. Naming this meeting room in his honor will remind everyone who enters this room of his tireless efforts to open the doors of County government and encourage greater public participation.”
“Wayne Goldstein was tenacious, tireless, dedicated and well-informed in everything he was passionate about,” said Councilmember Marc Elrich. “He pushed relentlessly for transparency before it was fashionable, and championed public participation and good government. When Wayne came to my office or called me about an issue, I knew that he was going to show up with his briefcase of meticulous research and his amazing wit. He embodied the ideals of civic engagement and always challenged us to question what we were doing and why. He was perhaps our County’s most dedicated and effective public advocate. Wayne was almost assuredly the most frequent attendee at the CountyStat meetings once they were instituted, so dedicating this room and this process in his honor is a just and fitting memorial to a truly great citizen and personal friend.”
“Wayne Goldstein was a tireless advocate for his community, and I miss our robust discussions,” said Councilmember Valerie Ervin, who represented Kensington Heights when the Department of Parks dedicated Kensington Heights Neighborhood Park in his honor in 2009. “Wayne’s activism helped to shape public policy in Montgomery County and made a difference in our quality of life.”
The CountyStat program was initiated by Leggett in January 2008 and was patterned after the successful CitiStat program that then Governor Martin O’Malley instituted when he was Mayor of the City of Baltimore and, later, the StateStat program in Maryland. CountyStat is an accountability and assessment process that reinforces the County government’s focus on results in an effort to improve performance. Through a series of presentations and meetings, CountyStat provides a forum to continually monitor and measure the effectiveness and efficiency of County government services. The system uses “real time” data to discuss, examine and analyze past, present and future performance strategies. CountyStat meetings focus on departmental performance as well as cross-cutting initiatives. The meetings also facilitate the development of targeted action plans to ensure a culture of continuous improvement and delivery of results.
Information about CountyStat – including meeting dates, topics and discussion materials – can be found on the Montgomery County website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/countystat.
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