The National Association of Counties (NACo) has given an achievement award to Volusia County government for its rapid and comprehensive implementation of changes required by the passage of Amendment 10 in 2018.
The voter-approved ballot measure created constitutional elected offices for the sheriff, tax collector, supervisor of elections and property appraiser.
As soon as the amendment was approved, County Manager George Recktenwald appointed Business Services Director Jeaniene Jennings to head a team of department directors tasked with conducting in-depth research; reaching out to the constitutional officers; and developing a plan for support services such as accounting, budget, health insurance, human resources, legal services, purchasing and several other services.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they worked diligently for two years to ensure that the transition was seamless for residents, Recktenwald noted.
When the amendment took effect on Jan. 5, 2021, Volusia County was the first county out of the starting gate. Since then, the team has shared its documents and process with other counties that needed assistance.
NACo President Larry Johnson said, “All across the country, counties are working tirelessly to support residents and drive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s award winning programs showcase how counties work every day to build healthy, safe and thriving communities.”
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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews