County Executive Jessica Fitzwater’s transition planning, implementation, and direction for Frederick County have been stellar.
It began with the appointment of two top-tier knowledgeable co-chairs, Toni Bowie and Rick Weldon, who are highly effective in managing projects.
Patrick Murray, Jessica’s senior advisor, has been the architect and point person who seems never to sleep. Any question or issue I have, he’s very responsive day or night.
Fitzwater is also following through with her commitment to diversity and bringing in the community with listening sessions around the county to involve as many voices as possible.
Economically, our new government is thriving, with Kite bringing new jobs to expand its global cell-therapy supply chain operations.
The transition has been very smooth thus far, which enables economic stability, public confidence and a safe community.
Editor’s note: John Funderburk was a volunteer for Fitzwater’s campaign and ran for the Democratic nomination for Frederick County Council in District 4.
Diversity is important. So is living in a county that is affordable. Where is the plan for the struggling families? Some tax relief for others? Fitzwater will do nothing but add "feel good" positions to the already huge staffing payroll. I'm trying to be positive and hope for the best.
Helping struggling families is exactly what she campaigned for.
I expect that she will astonish us. Off to a very good start. And we will see how she manages the changes in assessment of residences.
Appointing a transition team is not an accomplishment. So far, no legislative proposals or other initiatives so it seems like she's doing nothing or nothing we know about. Unlike the transparency we had with Gardner and regular press briefings, there is nothing. Only decision she had made is to hire a chief of staff who has been indicted. Very disappointed with that decision which is a reflection of incredibly poor judgement.
She hasn’t been in office 30 days yet. The listening meetings followed by juice and cookie social is a big postive
Great news on the economics. Now there's no need or reason for a property tax increase in the foreseeable future.
Blue: Automatic change or done by elected people? With higher assessments and no change in rates, they get a good increase this time. And nobody gets credit.
Smooth is easy while you’re still in harbor
We will all see how things go on the open ocean
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