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File #: 21-166    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Report Status: Action Items
File created: 1/8/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 1/20/2021 Final action:
Title: County Mission Statement Revision
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AGENDA DATE:  1/20/2021

 

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County Mission Statement Revision

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SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:   Request Revision to the County Mission Statement

 

ITEM TYPE:  Regular Action Item

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):  Richardson, Russell

 

PRESENTER (S):  Siri Russell, Director of Equity and Inclusion

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Not Required

 

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

 

BACKGROUND:  Albemarle County Local Government’s current mission statement is “to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all citizens through the provision of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds.”

 

Local government leadership recently added the organization’s first new core value in more than 20 years. The new core value is reflective of the organization’s commitment to working to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into the way we serve our community. The wording of the current mission statement is not well aligned with this priority.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN: Quality Government Operations: Ensure County government’s capacity to provide high quality service that achieves community priorities

 

DISCUSSION:  According to the United States Census Bureau 2019 population estimates, Albemarle County’s population of foreign-born persons was 10.4%. According to the Charlottesville International Rescue Committee, since 1998, our region has welcomed more than 3,000 refugees from over 32 countries into our communities. The University of Virginia has long been an attractor of diverse professional and academic talent from all over the world who have made Albemarle their home.

 

Albemarle County is a vibrant and thriving community with a diverse population of engaged residents and with over 70 languages spoken in households across the county. Revising the mission statement by replacing the word “citizens” with “community members” would allow the County mission to better reflect our commitment to serving each and every member of our community. The proposed revised Albemarle County Local Government mission statement would be, “to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all community members through the provision of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds.”

 

BUDGET IMPACT: No budget impact is anticipated.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Recommendation

Staff recommends that the Board approve revising the Albemarle County Mission Statement by replacing the word “citizens” with “community members”.

 

ATTACHMENTS:  None