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Clerk/Register Of Deeds
Karen A. Spranger
120 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 22, 2006

MACOMB COUNTY CLERK AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT LEAD MACOMB IN GOOD gOVERNMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS

A recent review of applications shows that the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds office and the Planning and Economic Development Department lead the county in nominations for good government awards from the National Association of Counties ("NACo"). If the nominated programs receive awards, this would be the 25th year in a row that Macomb County leads the state in good government awards.

The Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds office submitted eight programs and the Planning Department submitted five. A list of all programs is attached. Each year the National Association of Counties issues awards for good county government, including "achievement awards." The purpose of the awards is to nationally recognize county programs that enhance services, improve county management or promote intergovernmental coordination. Awards will be given later this year.

"My staff and I are working to modernize the office and improve customer service," said the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds. "Many of these programs would not have happened without the support of our county commissioners and I thank them."

"We can be proud of our innovate programs and services," said Macomb County Commissioner Brian Brdak (D-New Baltimore). "Our employees work hard to provide valuable services to our community."

"Our history of good government awards is another reason Macomb County is a great place to be," said Stephen Cassin, Planning and Economic Development Dept. Executive Director.

In the past, the Macomb County Clerk’s office received awards for partnering with the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transport ("SMART") to provide free bus service to jurors, putting public circuit court case information on the Internet, using electronic bar codes to process juror paperwork more efficiently, and for starting a personal protection order assistance center to help victims of abuse.

Macomb County NACo achievement award nominations submitted by the Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Department in 2006

Department

NACo Nomination

Board of Commissioners

Planning & Economic Development

Facilities and Operations

Reflections of a County – Sharing Fun History Facts with Youth

Clerk/Register of Deeds

Internet Used to Enhance Mobile Clerk's Office Services

Clerk/Register of Deeds

First in Michigan Vital Records Internet Requests with Overnight Delivery

Clerk/Register of Deeds

Internet Campaign Finance Reports Promote Public Disclosure

Clerk/Register of Deeds

Jurors First in Michigan With Wireless Internet Access

Clerk/Register of Deeds

One-day / One-trial Jury Internet System Improves Service, Reduces Cost

Clerk/Register of Deeds

Computerized Concealed Weapons Licensing System Lets Public Track Status On Line

Clerk/Register of Deeds

Student Election Inspectors Learn and Earn with Optical Scan Voting

Clerk/Register of Deeds

Countywide Library Materials Personally Delivered to Jurors VIA Internet Request

Community Corrections

Community Corrections Cognitive Reflection Program

Community Mental Health

Office of Recipient Rights – Office of Corporate Compliance

Community Mental Health

Shared Parenting

Community Services Agency

Youth Mentoring Initiative

Community Services Agency

Increasing Cost Sharing Contributions

Community Services Agency

Expansion of Free Tax Preparation Program

Health Dept

Safe and Responsible Medication Collection and Disposal

Health Dept

Families in Motion

Health Dept

Onsite Sewage Disposal and Water Supply Maintenance and Evaluation Program

Information Technology

E-mail Subscription Service

Juvenile Court

Juvenile Employment Education Program

Library

Linking Literacy, Parenting and Communities Through Libraries

Macomb MI State University Extension

Practical Home and Garden: Improving Homes and Neighborhoods

Planning & Economic Development

County Develops New Funding Source Through Public Outreach

Planning & Economic Development

Economic Development Enhanced by Effective Networking

Planning & Economic Development

Macomb MI State University Extension

Intergovernmental Cooperation Expedites Farmland Preservation

Public Affairs

Planning & Economic Development

Information Technology

Banding Together for Katrina Relief

Senior Citizen Services

Meeting the Need: Medicare 2005

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