County Manager Column from Nov. 3, 2020

Election Day updates: Work arrangements, feedback opportunities, focus on equity

Happy Election Day to all! If you haven’t done so yet, please go vote today at your polling place (polls are open until 8 p.m.). I don’t know what tonight or tomorrow holds, but I do know that Ramsey County has been around for more than 170 years and we’re going to be around tomorrow and the day after that. 

No matter the outcome, we need to continue to instill a sense of trust and transparency as the public looks for the stability expected of government. Please keep providing that sense of calm professionalism and accountability into our work which is needed as much as ever. We're in for the long haul!

In today's video, I focus on service delivery changes. I hope you're able a few minutes to watch - a high-level summary follows. 

We're currently posting October's departmental service delivery forms online. These monthly documents help us to carefully plan and shift how we deliver services to our community safely while continually adjusting to the pandemic. 

Current work arrangements extended to April 1, 2021

We are extending our current work arrangements to April 1, 2021. I had previously said we would revisit this at the end of the year, but with the significant unknowns regarding work during the winter, with COVID-19 cases rising, flu season, child care, schools and other caregiver arrangements, the date has been extended.

All service plans and work arrangements currently in place remain the same unless modified through the service design monthly submission process.

Feedback opportunities coming for creating a flexible return to the office

In 2021, the county will begin to focus on creating a flexible return to the office plan. There will be more information and opportunities to submit feedback on this plan, beginning in early 2021.

We will continue to look to Public Health for guidance on how to safely expand in-person service delivery to ensure long-term effectiveness. More information on this will be coming in the weeks ahead.

Focus on equity

Departments continue to identify specific equity concerns for Black, Indigenous and other people of color - both households and businesses. While existing inequities have been exacerbated by COVID-19, Ramsey County’s focus on race, ethnicity and culture has made a positive impact on directly confronting these issues across key areas of service delivery. Continued and additional focus is needed to ensure Ramsey County is able to serve everyone and reduce barriers to prosperity and opportunity during COVID-19 and beyond.

Thank you all for demonstrating the good that government entails and for being a part of Ramsey County today and going forward.