Greeley Government - Focused and Performing Well - March 2014
The Olympic Games have just wrapped up and it was amazing to see international athletes, whether as teams or as individuals, focused on "gold" and performing at incredible levels of expertise. Their accomplishments were amazing! Our City employees, in some ways, are like those athletes. We know our priorities, goals and objectives and we’re performing well too.
I believe that we’re a focused organization and I think Greeley city government represents a great example of a goal-focused city government in Colorado. We know that our City Council’s priorities: Community Image, Public Safety, Economic Health & Development, and Infrastructure & Growth, give direction to our services, projects and everyday tasks. And our success addressing those priorities is obvious when you look at the 2013 Year-end Performance Measures report.
The report highlights the top 48 of almost 400 measures we use to determine if we’re on the right track. Examples of measures included in the report: trends in Part I crimes in Greeley (down 1%); the number of youth registered in City sports programs (11,790); Fire Department Emergency Medical Service average response times (4 minutes, 15 seconds); traffic fatalities in the city (down 50%); number of rides given by Greeley-Evans Transit (up 8.9%).
One of the best ways to let residents know how we’re doing in these and other areas is to report regularly on our progress. We take that type of transparency seriously and we’ve made it easy. Take a few minutes and go to www.greeleygov.com/pmr and read the highlights report. If you’d like more information just get in touch.
What makes Greeley government successful? It’s our experienced and knowledgeable staff that keeps us focused. In fact, last year our executive team adopted five core values: principled relationships, accountability/responsibility/stewardship, integrity, excellence and applied wisdom. Why these? Because they represent what it takes to be the type of government that can achieve great things. We adopted these, not because we weren’t already abiding by a high set of values, but because we understand the importance of being intentional about how we’re conducting the City’s business. And we’re continually working and training to practice these values.
We know we’re not perfect because there’s always room for improvement, but I can say without a doubt that we’re heading in the right direction.
Roy H. Otto
Greeley City Manager
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