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Efficient, Responsive, & Fiscally Sustainable Government Operations

The commissioners moved their twice-weekly public meetings online this year so that county government didn’t miss a beat and the public could still watch and participate.

As the pandemic swept across the nation, the commissioners began to plan for a new reality with three large objectives in mind. They wanted to:

  • support the ailing local economy, which continued to weaken.
  • assist the growing number of residents in need.
  • and find ways to continue to provide the necessary day-to-day operations of county government in a safe manner.

A significant source of help came when the federal government issued the $76 million in assistance that the commissioners used to help residents and businesses in need throughout 2020.

County agencies were tasked with finding ways to help all three areas without day-to-day operations being affected.  And as day-to-day operations and planning for this three key areas continued, all Board of Commissioner employees who were eligible to work for home were assisted with he transfer of working remotely. And other changes continued, including Human Resources moving training online.

Not all county employees could work from home,  Court employees, some employees from Job and Family Services and other agencies continued to work in the county buildings.  To help ensure the safety of residents going downtown,  Public Facilities and Management constructed barriers between staff and residents to help prevent the virus from spreading and put guidelines in place to maximize safety in county buildings. 

All of the Commissioners’ General Session meetings where many of these decisions were made are available to view online.

All of the commissioners' annual budget hearings were conducted online and broadcast on the CTV television channel.  They remain available on the commissioners’ YouTube channel.

Award-Winning Healthy Employer

Still One of the Healthiest Large Employers in Central Ohio

Despite the pandemic, Franklin County maintained its status as a leading healthy employer. In 2020, the county was once again recognized by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio with a gold award and named as one of the healthiest large employers in Central Ohio. The county achieved this status by utilizing a healthcare program that stresses and rewards employees for health and wellness activities.

Healthy Business Council of Ohio Gold Level Award Winner for Healthiest Worksites in 2020. The Healthy Worksite Award program recognizes Ohio employers that have demonstrated a commitment to their employees’ health by providing comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness
programs.


Recognition as a top-5 Healthiest Employer in Ohio

Healthiest Employers recognizes organizations across the country that are taking a proactive approach to employee health. Organizations are assessed on a broad spectrum of wellness and worksite health initiatives, spanning cultural and leadership support to analytics and program effectiveness


Doing Business with the county in 2020

6,645
Total number of purchase orders (PO)

$270,632,303.49
Total dollar amount of POs
4,555
Vendors registered to do business with the county
821
POs with Small & Emerging Business Enterprises (SEBE) totaling $24,192,086.39

Human Resources

5,670
Applications received

263
(Including 29 positions
that were newly created)

117
Hires


Purchasing

6,645
Total # of purchase orders

$270,632,303.49
Total $ amount of POs

4,555
Vendors registered to do business with the county


County Print Shop

15,231,047
Items copied or printed

2,633,179
Election ballots

$1,172,153.65
Savings by using the county print shop for these and other printings


Mailroom

2,031,634
Pieces of mail processed

$239,843.38
Savings by using the county mailroom


Surplus Auction:

$4,213,403.60
Worth of obsolete county property items sold via internet auction from 2003-2020

The commissioners worked hard this year to ensure that every Franklin Count resident was counted in the census so that our community would have the resources it needs for the coming decade.