FARMINGTON – Streamlining operations in various county departments will be a top priority in 2013 for new county commission chair John Petroff.
“The county is doing fine (financially). We’ve come through the recession, so far, as well as we could hope for,” he said.
The commission has held the line on any property tax hikes and has not eliminated any services.
“Having said that, we’re still a long way from being in the clear as far as how the economy is going” Petroff said. “We’re going to be careful.”
Petroff plans to work closely with the other elected county officials and department heads, he said.
“Nothing real specific” is in the works yet, Petroff said.
However, the county is working with other emergency services dispatch centers on ways to save money without combining operations, he said.
Bountiful, Clearfield and Layton operate police and fire dispatch centers. The Davis County Sheriffs Office also has a dispatch center.
Petroff also emphasized how he plans to work with other governments.
He plans to continue working closely with city officials wherever possible.
“Our county has so little unincorporated area, plus Hill AFB,” he said. “There’s not a lot of open ground that’s in the county only.“
He added that many county services cross city boundaries.
He emphasized the ongoing value of working with other entities to make operations move as smoothly as possible.
It’s often the “neighbor to neighbor” or city level where results happen, Petroff said, pointing to the December, 2011 wind storm response as an example.
That may have been the most memorable instance of neighborliness, but it was far from being the only such case, he said.
“I’ve enjoyed finding out what people do for other people that no one else knows,” he said. “It’s great to know there are hundreds and probably thousands of people looking out for others.
Petroff is taking the reins from County Commissioner Bret Millburn, who handled that role in 2012.
It’s traditional for the chair position to be rotated among the three commissioners each year. Commissioner Louenda Downs held that post previously.
Petroff’s appointment leadership follows his re-election in November. He handily beat challenger Steve Andersen.