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Board Bulletin

April 21, 2011

Mecklenburg County Accepted in Justice Reinvestment Program

Mecklenburg County has been accepted to participate in Phase I of the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). The purpose of JRI is to manage and allocate criminal justice populations more cost-effectively, generating savings that can be reinvested in evidence-based strategies that increase public safety while holding offenders accountable.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance launched the JRI in 2006 through a consortium of technical and policy experts. One of the technical assistance providers, the Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP) has been assigned to work with Mecklenburg County as part of the JRI. JRI consists of two phases:

  • Phase I sites receive intensive, onsite technical assistance to start the justice reinvestment process. This process involves engaging leaders and key stakeholders, conducting a comprehensive analysis of criminal justice data, and identifying strategies to reduce costs and increase public safety.
  • Phase II sites receive both targeted technical assistance and funding to support the implementation of JRI strategies. Sites that apply to be Phase II sites must have completed all of the steps in Phase I.

In the coming months, County staff will work with the CEEP staff to meet the initial requirements of Phase I. This includes establishing a foundation for the JRI strategy and agreeing on milestones to measure progress. A work group or task force will help facilitate completing this phase.

Board members with questions should contact General Manager Michelle Lancaster via email or 704-336-2621. 

Redistricting Tool Available

During the 2011 Strategic Planning Conference, the Board appointed the Redistricting Advisory Committee (RAC) to recommend options concerning the redistricting of voting districts in Mecklenburg County. Since that time RAC has been meeting to become aware of the legal parameters involved with redistricting and to select data sets to measure its performance in meeting the criteria provided by the Board.

The County’s GIS unit has developed an online redistricting tool that will allow anyone with internet access the opportunity to participate in the process of drawing new districts for the Board of County Commissioners. This tool should be available as of May 3, and staff is providing each Board member the opportunity for a one-on-one tutorial using the system. A tutorial session should take about 10 minutes and will provide Board members with the skills necessary to draw and submit maps to the RAC for its consideration. Staff also will provide a video tutorial available on the web for anyone who would like to craft and submit proposed district boundaries.

To schedule a tutorial, Board members should contact Assistant to the County Manager Brian Francis at 704-336-2611 or via email.  

County Assembly Day

On May 25, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is hosting County Assembly Day with the General Assembly. This event is free for county commissioners registering by May 18. To register, print and complete this form then return it to Assistant to the County Manager, Brian Francis. 

Board members who plan to attend and would like to meet with the Mecklenburg legislative delegation should contact Brian Francis at 704 336-2611 or email to make arrangements. 

Employee Climate Survey

The County's annual Employee Climate Survey (ECS) process will begin on Tuesday, April 26. The survey provides an opportunity for employees to express their opinions about the County’s work place and their satisfaction with the working environment. Employees are our most important resource, so it remains important to seek and understand their perspectives. The survey questions responses provided by employees is used to help us improve the working environment to increase employee satisfaction and motivation that drives improved performance.

All employees are encouraged to participate in the confidential survey. Last year, 61 percent of employees took the survey, which is an extremely high response rate. Employees will have access to the online survey for two weeks. The survey period ends on May 11, and results are expected to be available in July.

Board members with questions should contact Planning & Evaluation Director Leslie Johnson via email or 704-432-0090.  

FY 2012 Budget Schedule

  • April 26th, 3pm -- Budget/Public Policy Workshop (Room 267) Topics: Program Review & Employee Compensation
  • May10th, 3pm -- Budget/Public Policy Workshop (Room 267) Topics: OPEB, Board Term Discussion and Reserves (Fleet, Capital, Technology if needed)
  • May17th, 6pm -- Regular BOCC meeting (Meeting Chamber) - Manager's Recommended Budget
  • May 19th, 6pm – Public Hearing (Meeting Chamber)
  • May 24th, 3pm –Budget Public Policy Workshop (Ch-14) Topics: CMS & CPCC Budget Request Presentations
  • June 1st, 5pm -- Budget Workshop/Straw Voting (Room 267)
  • June 2nd, 5pm -- Budget Workshop/Straw Voting (Room 267) *As Needed*
  • June 3rd, 5pm -- Budget Workshop/Straw Voting (Room 267)*As Needed*
  • June 7th, 6pm -- Regular BOCC meeting (Meeting Chamber) - Budget Adoption

 -- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager

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