Week one of SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY, "Know Your County," was held on February 28, 2012, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the County Government Center. The session began with a welcome and introductions by Gwendolyn Mitchell, Public Affairs Director. District 1 Supervisor Mike Wasserman, on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, welcomed participants to the inaugural session.
County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith discussed the County's mission, values and vision with participants, including his vision for creating an organization equipped to meet today's challenges and those of the future. The County's mission is to PLAN for the needs of a dynamic community, PROVIDE quality services, and PROMOTE a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all.
Chief Operating Officer Gary Graves explained the differences between federal, state, and county governments. He discussed the County government's role, including how California counties admnister health and welfare programs, operate the criminal justice system, and provide municipal services to the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.
Deputy County Executive Leslie Crowell gave an overview of the new Center for Leadership and Transformation (CLT), a program that provides leading edge training and development for leaders in the areas of leadership, innovation, and transformation. CLT inspires leaders across the County to envision a new future for the County and its residents – to improve the quality of service, to create more efficient processes, to better utilize resources, and to become a national model County.
The first session of the academy wrapped up with a viewing of the County video "Santa Clara County – A Beautiful Place to Live, Work and Visit," and a tour of the Clerk-Recorder's Office.