FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 1999 Contact: Diane Thomas 714.834.6203
County Innovation Receives State Award
(Santa Ana) – An Orange County program to streamline information became one of 12 programs named this week as the most creative in the state. The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) chose the innovative approach by the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors to receive one of CSAC’s Challenge Awards. This year there were 176 entries from 36 counties.
Clerks of the Boards of Supervisors throughout the state are required to maintain a wide assortment of information on the boards, committees and commissions under the jurisdictions of their Boards of Supervisors. Each of these groups has pertinent data including by-laws, source of legal authority, length of membership terms, vacancy dates, qualifications, filing requirements and compliance, oaths of office, and membership rosters. The Orange County Clerk’s office tracks 105 boards, committees and commissions. Previously, this large assortment of data was maintained manually or on several PCs in the Clerk’s office. With the new procedures and database, all of the material is collected in one place and Board members and their staffs have immediate access through their own office computers to accurate, up-to-date information to prepare for upcoming appointments to County boards, committees and commissions. Within the next few months, the database will be available over the County’s web site, www.oc.ca.gov, to provide more information to the public about upcoming vacancies.
“This is an excellent use of technology to manage information and keep the Board of Supervisors well informed,” said Chuck Smith, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I’m very proud of Darlene Bloom, Clerk of the Board, and the leadership she’s shown in implementing this system. To go one step further and win a Challenge Award is an achievement the entire County can be proud of.”
“The difficult selection of winning programs was based on demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration, creativity, resourcefulness and effectiveness, as well as the potential for successful elements of the program to be used as a model for other counties,” said Steven C. Szalay, CSAC Executive Director. “These award winners are the evidence that counties are using creative means to operate in an efficient, cost-effective manner.”
Challenge Award winners will be featured in a December 1 workshop at CSAC’s annual meeting in Monterey County.