As the first month in office ends, I want to share some of what my administration has been working on. I will provide updates on a regular basis as part of my promise to be transparent and to keep everyone informed.
Our initial focus has been on buttoning up city finances and evaluating our general organization. There are a number of contracts and agreements we have been reviewing to update and improve contract language. These agreements include the Hiawatha, Endless Mountains Transportation Authority (EMTA), the Williamsport Parking Authority and others. Additionally, we are filling administrative positions as well as updating the appointments and reappointments to various boards throughout the city.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be sending out request for proposals (RFPs) as part of the Strategic Management Planning Program (STMP). This program is being made available to Williamsport through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). STMP will assist us in developing and implementing a multi-year financial strategic plan.
I have spoken with other PA Mayors whose cities have participated in this strategic financial planning process. Their endorsements have been strong and clear.
By using STMP, we will manage our tax dollars more effectively. Better, smarter financial management is the end goal. We will soon publish new RFPs for professional consulting services and legal services. Our goal is to steadily review and strengthen the proposal and contract language for all of the City’s contract needs.
We have very good news to support our commitment to make Williamsport’s city streets
- The City’s first K-9 officer will be hitting the streets in the very near future. We
continue to receive donations in support of our K-9 program and those donations are
making a difference for our community.
- City Council approved a new hire to add an additional officer to our police
- City Council recently approved the purchase of software that will assist our police
department in completing a professional accreditation program.
There are challenges facing our city. My administration is just getting started; we intend
to move quickly to establish higher standards for department and program management
that will provide a more transparent and open government. Positive changes have
started; we will continue to move forward.
Please reach out to my office with any questions or concerns:
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