Daily journal, 09-14-11

Today I had a number of meetings and discussions on the topic of employee take home vehicles. Ever since I first learned that a number of employees had vehicles that they could take home at night and the county government was not forthcoming with information about them, I have been pushing hard for answers and reforms. We are getting ready for a committee hearing next Monday that will cover both public safety vehicles (except police vehicles) as well as county vehicles. We asked the executive branch to revise the policy and reduce the take home vehicle fleet significantly last spring, and now we are getting a revised policy. It has taken a long time, I have to say. I think we are going to make some real progress on this issue next week and put some changes in place that will save some real money.