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Annual Report 2019


Our Mission

Board of County Commissioners

Gadsden County

To build a better community by offering efficient, sustainable services, encouraging economic development and providing safety to improve the quality of life.

Commissioner Anthony O. Viegbesie, Ph.D.

Commissioner Eric Hinson District 1

Commissioner Sherrie Taylor

District 2 - Chairperson

District 5 - Vice Chairperson

Commissioner Gene Morgan

Commissioner Brenda Holt

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District 3

District 4


Table of Contents 2 Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners 4 Message from the Interim County Administrator 5 Department Directors and Division Managers GADSDEN COUNTY DEPARTMENTS 6 Office of Management and Budget 7 Building Inspection 8 Code Enforcement 9 County Extension 10 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 11 Fire Rescue Services 12 Facilities 13 Animal Control 14 Human Resources 15 Information Technology 16 Library Services 17 Parks & Recreation 18 Planning 19 Environmental Compliance 20 Public Works 22 State Housing Initiative Partnership — SHIP 23 Probation 24 Veterans Services 25 Public Information 2019 MILESTONES 26 Hurricane Michael 28 Day of Doing 29 Gadsden County Day 30 Website Re-Design

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Message from the Interim County Administrator Dear Citizens of Gadsden County, We are pleased to present to you the 2019 Gadsden County Annual Report, which provides an overview of the successful programs, partnerships and services that make Gadsden County an exceptional place to live, work and play. The 2019 Annual Report looks back on the County’s successes due to the leadership of the Board of County Commissioners, the hard work and dedication of our departments and the support of our community partners and citizens. We placed a strong focus on fiscal stewardship, economic development and public safety and are proud of the many projects and programs that have successfully been completed or put into place for our future. In 2019, our county government achieved milestones to be celebrated by all citizens. We also set goals to improve our quality of life by breaking ground on multiple capital projects, protecting and enhancing natural resources, maintaining the safety of our roads and so much more. And so, with great promise for our future, I look forward to achieving the mission of building a better community and improving the quality of life for everyone that calls Gadsden County home. Arthur L. Lawson, Sr. Interim County Administrator

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Staff Directory

Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners

Laurel Bradley,

Sonya Burns,

Tameka Chaney,

Shep Eubanks,

Wesley Hall,

Assistant County Administrator

IT Manager

Michael E. Jackson

Suzanne Lex,

Keith Maddox, Chief,

Fredrigas McNealy,

Allan Meeks,

Jeff Price,

Jeronda Robinson,

Olivia Smith,

Al Smythe,

Andre Walker,

Tabitha Washington,

Executive Assistant

Probation Manager

Veterans Services Officer

Facilities Manager

Building Official

County Extension Director

Growth Development Director

Senior Budget Analyst

Chief, Fire Services

Housing Coordinator

Emergency Medical Services

Special Project Coordinator

Lonyell Butler,

Human Resources Manager

Kembrew Jackson,

Public Works Director

Public Information Officer

Library Services Director

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CHARGES FOR SERVICES LICENSE & FEES MISCELLANEOUS OTHER TAXES

FY 2018–2019 TOTAL BUDGET

$47.9

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET

MILLION

31%

INTERDEPARTMENTAL BILLING

2 7%

STATE SHARED

2 5%

FUND BALANCE

6%

CHARGES FOR SERVICES

1%

LICENSE & FEES

1%

MISCELLANEOUS

9%

OTHER TAXES

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) prepares and administers Gadsden County’s annual budget in accordance with Florida Statues and the policies of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners. On behalf of the County Administration Department and the Board of County Commissioners, the OMB fulfills an oversight role and provides general guidance and assistance to County departments, members of the public, media representatives, and other government agencies.

2 9%

PUBLIC SAFETY

2 3%

SERVICES

1 5%

GENERAL GOVERNMENT

1 2%

TRANSPORTATION

7%

DEBT SERVICES

5%

HUMAN RESOURCES

4%

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

3%

CULTURE/RECREATION

1%

ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

1%

LICENSES & FEES

FY 2018–2019

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

LICENSES & FEES ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT CULTURE/RECREATION PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT HUMAN RESOURCES DEBT SERVICES

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TRANSPORTATION


BUILDING INSPECTION

PERMITS ISSUED:

250

ELECTRICAL

The primary function of the Gadsden County Building Department is to review plans and conduct building inspections. Plan review provides formal approval of residential and commercial construction that meet the requirements of the Florida Building Code. In response to Hurricane Michael, the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners waived building permit fees. APPROXIMATELY

600 ROOFING

1,750 permits

have been issued and/or reviewed since October of 2018. Many of the permits were a result of hurricane damage. TOTAL VALUE

125

$26 million+

of permitted work in Gadsden County.

MOBILE HOME

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CODE ENFORCEMENT The function of the Code Enforcement Department is to enforce the local County ordinances as it relates to land use and property maintenance. The Code Enforcement Department concentrates on the investigation and abatement of complaints involving land use (zoning), housing conditions, abandoned vehicles, signs, fences and general public nuisances.

Code Enforcement has evolved to improve inter-departmental functions between the Building, Planning and Environmental Divisions to ensure a more comprehensive approach to addressing unsafe conditions, environmental degradation and zoning compliance. IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE MICHAEL Code Enforcement Department, along with Animal Control, Building Inspection and Facilities Maintenance worked diligently to survey the area and report back to FEMA for damage assessment.

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141

CODE ENFORCEMENT CASES

Did you know? The most common code violations are: • storage of non-operating vehicles • failure to mow lawn • storage of junk and other discarded objects on property


COUNTY EXTENSION

Florida Livestock Association Cattle Show

The Gadsden County Extension Program is a cooperative effort between county government, United States Department of Agriculture, University of Florida, and Florida A&M University to extend the educational services to the people of the county. Subject matter areas include agriculture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H, community economic development and natural resource development and environmental quality.

GADSDEN COUNTY EXTENSION PROVIDED:

106

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

161

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

28

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

FOR

1,720 PARTICIPANTS

on agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources

FOR

4,915 PARTICIPANTS

on 4-H development

FOR

2,206

In 2019,

Gadsden County Extension programs highlighted the best production practices for livestock, agronomic crops, vegetables, container plant nurseries, and natural resources. Gadsden County Extension put a special focus on outreach to the tomato and nursery growers, small farm community and residential gardening in Gadsden County.

PARTICIPANTS

in Family and Consumer Science

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS)

NEARLY

Gadsden County Emergency Medical Services operates six full time Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances and one full time Paramedic Supervisor unit. EMS transports all patients to area hospitals including Capital Regional in Quincy, Tallahassee, Marianna and Bainbridge, GA.

Gadsden EMS:

• Focuses on improved quality control reviews, active training and documentation education with crews. • Deploys a Quick Responsive Supervisor Vehicle and 5 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances that serve and leverages the latest advances in both medicine and technology. • Has added several new medications to Advanced Life Support (ALS) to improve medical care — one of which will help reduce bleeding in major trauma patients.

$1,000,000 REVENUE INCREASE

$2,681,486

$1,866,550

2018

2019

9,000+ 9-1-1 CALLS

4

NEW AMBULANCES

3

STRIKE TEAMS DEPLOYED DURING HURRICANE MICHAEL

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FIRE RESCUE SERVICES

Gadsden County Fire Services provides fire prevention, suppression and technical rescue with more than 100 qualified and dedicated volunteer personnel protecting the lives and property of the residents of Gadsden County. In 2019, Gadsden County Fire Services assisted the Robertsville, Sycamore and Wetumpka Volunteer Fire Departments in applying for a Division of Forestry Grant for new equipment. GADSDEN COUNTY FIRE SERVICES IS MADE UP OF 10 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS: 1 7

2

8

5

4

2

9

3 6

STRIKE TEAMS DEPLOYED DURING HURRICANE MICHAEL

4

NEW FIRE HYDRANTS INSTALLED

10

1

Chattahoochee

6

Midway

2

Concord

7

Mt. Pleasant

3

Greensboro

8

Robertsville-St. Johns

4

Gretna

9

Sycamore

5

Havana

10

Wetumpka

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

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Restoration of the historic Courthouse Clock

COUNTY BUILDINGS REPAIRED & MAINTAINED INCLUDING: • Capital Regional Medical

Center — Gadsden Memorial Campus

Gadsden County Facilities Management provides a safe and clean environment for employees and citizens and uses the most cost-effective means in the day-to-day operations, maintenance, and custodial services for all county-owned buildings, facilities and adjacent grounds.

• Gadsden County Jail • Historical Courthouse

Gadsden Facilities Management coordinated and executed multiple Capital Projects from the construction of a roundabout to the remodeling of existing facilities. DURING HURRICANE MICHAEL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT: • Maintained and refueled all support generators at the W.A. Woodham Building, Capital Regional Medical Campus, Special Needs Shelter, and Gadsden County Jail. • Interacted with FEMA, insurance adjusters and contractors to facilitate the damage and repairs of the County buildings.

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CAPITAL PROJECTS COMPLETED:

• Restoration of 107-year-old Gadsden County Courthouse clock and bell • Edward J. Butler Governmental Complex exterior renovations • Renovation of the Gadsden County Courthouse to include waterproofing the foundation and preventing further damage from water intrusion


ANIMAL CONTROL

“Angel� - Animal Control Rescue Dog

1,000+ CALLS RECEIVED

The mission of Gadsden County Animal Control is to improve animal and human well-being education, prevention, and humane animal care and control services for our citizens and animals of Gadsden County. Animal Control serves rural Gadsden County and has inter-local agreements to serve: the City of Quincy, the City of Gretna, and the City of Chattahoochee.

In 2019, 80% DOMESTIC

Gadsden County Animal Control educated pet owners in the community about the requirements of the Gadsden County Animal Ordinance. Gadsden County Animal Control takes extra care to ensure the safe return of livestock like loose cows, bulls and horses.

20%

NON-DOMESTIC regarding snakes, squirrels, alligators and other wildlife. Those calls were referred to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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HUMAN RESOURCES The Human Resources Division is responsible for the overall administrative and technical functions and activities needed to maintain an effective recruitment, selection, and benefits program. Development, implementation and coordination of related policies, procedures and training opportunities are ongoing priorities. The Human Resources Division plans and directs personnel administration for all departments of the Board of County Commissioners, including labor relations, benefits, salary administration, recruitment, selection and training.

The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners in collaboration with Career Source Capital Regional offers professional development workshops that are customized to help prepare and sustain staff to stay focused and meet interactive challenges. The Human Resource office participated in the Leaders Evolve and Develop (L.E.A.D.) training program, designed to help professionals understand and be able to apply best practices in leadership and management.

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89%

GADSDEN COUNTY POSITIONS STAFFED

at the end of fiscal year 2018-2019 indicating a low turnover rate and few long-term vacancies.

Youth Professional Development The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners was able to employ for the 8th year, youth of the County affording them the opportunity to obtain essential job skills that would allow them to secure future employment. Youth were placed amongst 19 different worksites within the County, in the public and private sector.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Information Technology Department provides technological support to the offices of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners. The IT Department’s mission is to ensure that all departments have the resources necessary to complete daily functions through diverse technology methods.

FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

Gadsden IT:

• Relocation of EMS technology equipment and data services to the W.A. Woodham Justice Center after their location was compromised by the hurricane.

• Implemented iWorks online services for Building Inspection. • Implemented recovery measures to ensure the availability of email communications during disasters. • Entered into Service agreements with Verizon to ensure that cellular communications for First Responders and support personnel take priority in order to effectively communicate during environmental disasters.

Did you know?

• Coordinated the installation of the connectivity services for the DSNAP program which provided financial assistance to hurricane victims and their families.

• Resolved technology infrastructure related issues caused by power surges and repaired damaged network cabling. • Recovered data from damaged servers and rebuilt servers in virtual environment.

You can significantly reduce your chances of falling victim to email related scams and viruses, by clicking on the name of the sender and checking the email address to ensure it’s from the proper address?

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LIBRARY SERVICES

58,000+

The Gadsden County Public Library enhances the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of residents by providing various services and programs to our community. Through books, materials, youth and adult programs, book mobile, and outreach activities, the Gadsden County Public Library is transforming lives every day.

BOOKS & MATERIALS CIRCULATED THROUGHOUT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

This year, the Gadsden County Public Library launched a series of new classes to expand the diversity of services and keep patrons of all ages engaged, including Zumba, Adult Craft Night, Bingo, and Adult Coloring.

GRANT FUNDS RECEIVED TO ENHANCE TECHNOLOGY AND COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT IN EACH OF THE BRANCHES

Signature Events:

Fall Fest, Pictures with Santa, National Library Week, Ice Cream Socials, Seed Library, and our Summer Library Program. IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE MICHAEL the Gadsden County Public Library waived all book fines for 60 days. The library collected canned goods, clothing, bedding, and toiletries for families in need.

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$30,000+

CITIZEN TESTIMONIAL:

We love the Public Library System! Our family always uses the library as a creative resource for learning new things with friendly, helpful knowledgeable staff who can guide you in the right direction with a project or inspiration. Public libraries are the best!”


Crappie Fishing Tournament on Lake Talquin

PARKS & RECREATION

Parks & Recreation works to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Gadsden County, through the stewardship of natural resources and the responsive provision of quality leisure opportunities. Gadsden County provides a variety of recreational facilities such as playgrounds, basketball courts and walking trails at passive neighborhood and community parks. These passive parks include Drake Acres Park, Shiloh Park, Eugene Lamb, Jr. Park, St. John Park, Robertsville Park, Sawdust Park, Rosedale Park and the planned St. Hebron/Gadsden East Community Park.

Did you know? The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board meets regularly to discuss plans and programs designed to improve County parks and provide recreational programs.

Pat Thomas Park is situated along the shore of Lake Talquin. The area offers outdoor recreation including fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. Additionally, the park has a boat ramp, tent or recreational vehicle camping and a pavilion which can be rented for birthdays, reunions or other meetings.

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ACRE PARK EXPANSION Gadsden County has acquired a long-term lease for additional land to expand the park to accommodate more visitors.

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PLANNING Ranging from long-term vision for the County to reviewing all new development proposals, the Planning & Community Department oversees all land use planning and regulatory activities within the county. Gadsden County accommodates and manages commercial and residential growth while retaining the county’s unique sense of place within a thriving environment. The Planning Division handles at least five different functions including – Administrative, Comprehensive Planning, Current Planning, and Planning Support. The Comprehensive Planning Division provides vision and guidance for the development, maintenance and implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan and special studies including long-range planning, conservation, future land use map amendments, transportation, recreation and opens space, and infrastructure concerns. Planning Support coordinates with the Building, Facilities and Code Enforcement Departments to ensure compliance with zoning codes and allowable uses. 18 | GADSDEN COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT 2019

175

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS PROCESSED IN 2019

Did you know? That one of the best defenses and strategies for long term recovery after a Hurricane is to make sure your housing stock is built to code to protect residents and to reduce damage?


ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE

APPLICATIONS REVIEWED:

200+ HOUSING

5

FAMILY EXCEPTION

5

MINOR SUBDIVISION

15

LOT SPLIT

Did you know? Environmental Compliance can provide flood plain information and wetlands determination on your property, as well as hazardous tree determinations to expedite removal of potently dangerous trees before they cause damage to your home or personal property?

The Environmental Compliance division works toward achieving compliance with Gadsden Counties Land Development Codes, as well as, Gadsden County Stormwater Policies and Procedures.

Environmental Compliance is responsible for the initial site assessment for housing and site development applications and monitoring compliance with approved permits to assure compliance with environmental controls required during construction. Working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and North West Florida Water Management Department, Environmental Compliance assures compliance with the local, state and federal environmental regulation in effect. Environmental Compliance has taken a new approach to both site review, tree removal and hazardous tree determinations in the county. The site assessments done after both of these events has proven that not one species of tree is bad or good and hazardous trees cause damage to homes or property. gadsdencountyfl.gov | 19


PUBLIC WORKS The Gadsden County Public Works Department is responsible for over 700 miles of roads and 59 bridges in the County. The department’s mission to support and maintain reliable services and infrastructure throughout Gadsden County. The Mosquito Control Department and Fleet Management are also included in the Public Works Department. During Hurricane Michael, Public Works Staff worked around the clock shifts before to insure safe transportation, drainage, and safety throughout the county. Public Works office staff worked in shifts at the Emergency Operations Center at the Sheriff’s Office; while the field/operations staff staged from the Public Works yard in shifts.

1,741

REQUESTS FOR SERVICES

3% increase over previous year

$9,810

INCREASED DEPARTMENT REVENUE

with 76 private scraping requests

$16,302 REVENUE RECEIVED

from Interlocal Agreements

Did you know?

The Public Works Department has an “Adopt-A-Road” program whereby citizens adopt a portion of a road and commit to keeping it clean by conducting scheduled litter pick-ups.

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CITIZEN TESTIMONIALS:

I was quite impressed with the director during our meeting. I found him to be very polite, very knowledgeable and knows how to say no without being insulting.” – Melanie

Thank you for taking the time to survey, order, and re-erect the proper signage for their community. That lets the community know the county cares about them.” – Gerald

FDOT PROJECTS: The Public Works department administered two Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) projects during this fiscal year: • Little Sycamore Rd. – Widening & Resurfacing (SCRAP) $1,500,000 District #3 • Bell Rd. – Widening & Resurfacing (SCRAP) $1,200,000 District #1 FLEET MANAGEMENT: Responsibilities include the repair, preventive maintenance, procurement, and replacement of all county vehicles. The Fleet department also operates two government fueling depots on Adam Street and High Bridge Road: • Dispensed 284,271.30 gallons of fuel • Billed/Collected $667.376.08 in revenue

Thank you for making our road better and my life easier. I know you all have to deal with a lot of ungratefulness, but I want you to know – I appreciate you all.”

MOSQUITO CONTROL:

– Dan

• Dispensed 95.04 gallons of spray

Primary function is to monitor, abate and control mosquito problems in the un-incorporated areas of the county. This year, the Mosquito Control Department: • Performed 390 service requests • Reached 10,322.604 acres and 283.9 miles gadsdencountyfl.gov | 21


STATE HOUSING INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP (SHIP)

$37,500

State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) works to promote safe, sanitary and affordable housing through homeowner education, counseling, and home rehabilitation and replacement in the unincorporated areas of Gadsden County. The SHIP program provides short-term assistance to address a dire situation and/or prevent further damage to the home. The most common emergency repairs are tarps for leaking roofs and emergency pump-outs of failing septic systems. Gadsden County Division of Housing receives approximately $350,000 a year to provide owner-occupied rehabilitation, home buyer counseling, down-payment assistance, and emergency repairs to extremely low, very low and low-income residents of unincorporated area of Gadsden County.

DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE Provided by the SHIP program

GADSDEN COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED:

$75,000

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT from the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

$50,000 IN MATCHED FUNDS

from the County’s SHIP program for the Demolition/Rehabilitation/Replacement of 12 homes throughout the unincorporated area of the County.

CITIZEN TESTIMONIAL:

It’s a dream come true. Thanks Ms. Burns for never giving up on me. I never dreamed of owning my own home.” – Ms. Qena Bryant

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PROBATION DIVISION

The Probation Division is responsible for monitoring all court-ordered county probation cases and defendants with misdemeanor criminal charges, traffic criminal charges, and some felony charges.

PROGRAMS COMPLETED BY PROBATIONERS:

25

ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS

74

VICTIM IMPACT PANEL

17

GADSDEN COUNTY WORK PROGRAM

The Gadsden County Probation Division offers Anger Management Classes, Theft Classes, Victim Impact Panel, Vehicle Impoundment, Alcohol Breath Testing. The Victim Impact Panel was established through a partnership with the State Attorney’s Office, Quincy Police Department, Havana Police Department, The Florida Highway Patrol, and Gadsden County Emergency Medical Services. GADSDEN COUNTY WORK PROGRAM: Assists probationers and defendants in completing their court ordered conditions. • $20,320 savings to the County • for labor at $10 per hour wages.

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VETERANS SERVICES The Gadsden County Veteran Services Office is a resource center for eligible veterans and their families. The Veterans Office collaborates with the Department of Veterans Affairs along with other organizations to ensure veterans and their families receive the entitlements they have earned for their military service. Veteran Services supports veterans through the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA), which provides Veterans choice and control when they disagree with a VA claim decision. DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING VETERANS Gadsden County Veterans Services assisted a veteran in their time of need to help stop a foreclosure on his home. Veterans Services identified benefits and grants available to veterans for Hurricane Recovery.

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100%

AMA CLAIMS VA RATING Increased from 40%

200

VETERANS & FAMILY MEMBERS ATTENDED FIRST ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION PICNIC


PUBLIC INFORMATION

40

NEWS ADVISORIES, RELEASES AND NOTICES ISSUED

1,000+

FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS GAINED

Plus, launch of Library Facebook page and Tourism Instagram account.

10

COMMUNITY EVENTS HOSTED including groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, career fairs and more.

DURING HURRICANE MICHAEL Public Information facilitated interviews with over 30 news outlets, including national and international outlets. • Gadsden County received three feature interviews on national media outlets including MSNBC, Fox News and NPR.

The Public Information office provides information about county government and services to citizens and the media. Public Information works to promote Gadsden County’s brand and image, while keeping the community informed through website development, media releases, media relations, e-news and print publications and social media oversight.

Milestones:

• Coordinated and launched the re-design of the County Website. • Continued to work with County staff to accurately respond to public records requests in a timely manner. • Increased the reach and quality of live streaming of County Commission meetings and public events. • Public Information adopted and revised, enforceable accessibility standards to comply with ADA Compliance regulations.

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2019 MILESTONES

Hurricane Michael On October 10, 2018 Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 hurricane, struck Gadsden County leaving thousands of families displaced and causing millions of dollars in damages. Recovery efforts began as soon as the clouds parted and the damaged was assessed. Emergency Management professionals from counties and cities across the state came to assist the County’s Emergency Management department and stayed weeks after the storm. First responders traveled from as far as New York to assist Gadsden County Emergency Medical Services and dozens of relief agencies spread out in every corner of the county, assisting those in need and lending a helping hand when necessary.

Neighbors, strangers and friends can find common ground and pull together for the place we all love and call home.

#GadsdenStrong

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Day of Doing Gadsden County, in partnership with the United Way of the Big Bend, hosted the County’s first “Day of Doing”, a community service project aimed to assist those who were most affected by Hurricane Michael and are in need of help months into recovery efforts. Dozens of Gadsden County employees, United Way and private businesses mobilized to complete 10 projects for elderly and disabled homeowners like debris cleanup, tree removal and simple home repairs. This event benefited several nonprofit agencies in the community by allowing them to use their resources to impact the community.

The “Day of Doing” demonstrated Gadsden County’s commitment to engaging community partners and improving the lives and well-being of citizens.

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2019 MILESTONES

Gadsden County Day at the Capitol Gadsden County Day indicates the importance of meeting with legislators and working with them to solve some of the important issues facing Gadsden County. It brings a powerful message to the state capitol when citizens, community leaders and government officials come together to meet with legislators.

The 2019 Gadsden County Day demonstrated the collective voice of the community and the goals of bringing home state funding for important projects like economic development, infrastructure, tourism and the protection of our natural resources. gadsdencountyfl.gov | 29


Website Re-Design In 2019, the new and improved Gadsden County website launched with a series of new features and design aesthetics created with the average citizen in mind. The redesign makes County services easier to access and improves communication and transparency. Citizens may now take advantage of County services and receive information in one place to make searching easier. • Public Service Requests • Calendar of Events • E-Notifications • On-Line Payment Portal • Facilities Reservations • News Center with Facebook & Twitter • Emergency Alerts • Online Forms / Survey Tools • E-Newsletter • Job Posting and Tracking

Design principles played an important role in making the site ADA Compliant allowing all users access to government services and information. The site is also mobile responsive for easy, on-the-go interaction.

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• Public Records Request

WEBSITE BEFORE RE-DESIGN WEBSITE AFTER RE-DESIGN

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Gadsden County 2019 Annual Report  

Gadsden County's 2019 Annual Report looks back on the County’s successes due to the leadership of the Board of County Commissioners, the har...

Gadsden County 2019 Annual Report  

Gadsden County's 2019 Annual Report looks back on the County’s successes due to the leadership of the Board of County Commissioners, the har...

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