Collaboration

County government is structured like the Parthenon of ancient Greece; each elected official if a separate column and all elected officials together are attempting to hold up the same roof.  This structure is very different from the pyramid structure of cities and school districts, where all employees report up the chain of command to a single person.  As a result, collaboration between each of the thirty-eight elected officials in Smith County is necessary to achieve success for its citizens.  What’s more, collaboration with all the municipalities, businesses, non-profit and civic organizations, and its citizenry is necessary for County government to be effective.  The County Judge should be the hub for this collaboration, and should serve as the chief facilitator and mediator to resolve differences and bring unity to County government.  Open and continuous communication between officials and facilitated by the County Judge is necessary for this to happen.