With privatization’s end comes a time to reflect, explain

Source: Frederick News Post
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Date Published: 07/14/2013

Saying there’s nothing more to privatize, Commissioners President Blaine Young called it a day in a optimistically toned July 8 letter to county staff, lauding a streamlined, much-less-costly, much-less-populated county government. The controversial and unfortunate decision to sell Citizens Care and Rehabilitation and Montevue Assisted Living “will be the last major change this Board will make,” he wrote. Since 2009, the county workforce has been reduced by 25 percent — one in every four staff — through “layoffs, eliminating vacant positions and consolidating County divisions and departments and privatizing services.” “I realize all the changes have been difficult,” Young wrote. That doesn’t really capture it.