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April 14, 2016

Gardnerís Arriving Budget

Harry M. Covert

First ever Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner has taken to the job with plenty of zeal. She has developed an effective ability to communicate. This job is not an easy task for anyone.


Space today had been scheduled for the second part of interviews with Executive Gardner and Council President Bud Otis. A future report with the president will follow at another date.


Jan Gardner, no matter the partisanship throughout politicos, has stirred the hearts and minds of citizens. She has not been idle or away from public appearances. One of the more effective media events is her weekly reports on FCG, Frederick County’s cable television.


She has been involved with promoting the downtown hotel/conference center and was busy obtaining General Assembly support with funds coming next year.


Twitter and other social media use the executive’s thoughts and opinions. Her political skill was recognized when the new County Council took over and developed an ally with Bud Otis, its president. This didn’t set well with lots of political watchers, but it sure made her the executive who has control of council affairs. Watchers are paying attention to see just how far her leadership goes.


She says: “Nothing is more important than creating an environment in local government where people can participate and make a difference.”


Ms. Gardner has completed one year in office with three to go.


“I am committed to ensuring open and transparent government, responsive and efficient county services and a vibrant economy,” she said.


Frederick is Maryland’s largest county. “(The) county can grow while preserving our rural character, our historic and cultural amenities and our wonderful quality of life.”


As the elected administrator, she has definite goals and works skillfully to reach them.


She has faced off major issues and stood her ground in light of severe criticism from other elected leaders. She has overridden the previous board’s sale of county-owned Montevue/Citizens nursing home and assisted living center that has served needy locals. Numerous other matters have been involved, too.


“My goal is to ensure Frederick County is the best place to live, work and raise a family. Working together we can provide world-class schools, restore responsible growth management, keep the promise to our seniors and manage the county budget in a financially sound manner.”


Tomorrow everybody will be watching and scanning the details of the 2017 operations and capital budget Ms. Gardner presents to the council. No doubt this will be read closely and debated.


It will be educational to read of the costs of public education, and it won’t be cheap, nor will operations for the rest of the county – road construction and maintenance and a host of other items. The budget is only dollars and cents. And who pays? We know the answers.


She proclaims: “Our best days are ahead.”


The past ones haven’t been so bad either.


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