Wicomico County Executive Richard Pollitt, Jr. announced today that the county is moving forward with plans to reorganize the county’s Public Works and Planning & Zoning Departments. Proposed in May, Pollitt submitted a conceptual proposal that would add a chief of staff to the Executive Office, enhance the responsibilities of the county’s public information officer, and streamline functions of various county departments. According to a county press release:
Under this reorganization, certain functions formerly under Public Works will now come under Planning, Zoning & Community Development. These functions include Building Permits and Inspections, Fire Safety, street addressing, and related aspects of development review. Public Works will continue to be responsible for Roads, Solid Waste, and engineering.
Each of these departments has experienced budget and staff reductions over the past several years. According to Mr. Pollitt, this reorganization is “an important strategy for supporting critical services and furthers the commitment to the efficient delivery of County services within the context of new economic realities.”