The biggest challenge facing the office is financial.
Plymouth County is the only government entity in the state of Massachusetts whose total budget is less than it was 5 years ago. This was accomplished while I chaired each of the 5 years as Advisory (Finance) Committee chairman.
The enormity of changing a culture that was used to just spending to a culture of saving was no small task.
Now that the budget is cut to the bone, the question becomes what do we, the inhabitants of Plymouth County, want to do for our cities and towns.
I started in county government to dissolve it. I have since learned that it is far more cost effective to keep it than to transfer the functions to the state.
The sheriff's department is now with the state, and cost increases have exceeded anyone's expectations. This is not the sheriff's fault, but the structure of the state.
The state is more costly to run than the county. Over and over, the state shows us how to be most inefficient we can be. Dissolving the county will only add taxes and burden to the cities and towns.