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File #: 21-668    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Miscellaneous Status: Passed
File created: 9/9/2021 Departments: COUNTY MANAGER
On agenda: 9/14/2021 Final action: 9/14/2021
Title: Introduction of an ordinance amending Section 2.00.020 and various sections of Chapter 2.46 and adding Chapter 2.18 and Section 2.46.130 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to reorganize County departments and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
Attachments: 1. 20210914_io_Amend Ord. Code for County Dpt Reorg.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Michael Callagy, County Manager
Subject: Introduction of an Ordinance Amending the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to Reorganize County Departments

RECOMMENDATION:
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Introduction of an ordinance amending Section 2.00.020 and various sections of Chapter 2.46 and adding Chapter 2.18 and Section 2.46.130 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to reorganize County departments and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.

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BACKGROUND:
Pursuant to the County Charter and Ordinance Code, the Board may create departments to serve the best interest of the County and the public it serves. The Ordinance Code provisions governing departments within the County and the structure of the County Manager's Office were last updated in March 2020. The proposed Ordinance Code changes address the organization of two newly designated departments: the Department of Emergency Management (formerly the Office of Emergency Services) and the Public Safety Communication department.

First: for the past approximately 25 years, the Office of Emergency Services (OES) was housed within the Sheriff's Office. Effective July 2021, OES transitioned from the Sheriff's Office to the County Manager's Office to better align emergency operational responses and preparedness with a countywide lens. The proposed revisions to the Ordinance Code seek to designate OES as a department and to rename it the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) to more clearly reflect its management and preparedness responsibilities, distinct from the direct provision of emergency services. DEM will continue to provide comprehensive emergency management that coordinates County resources to protect lives, property, and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from all disasters and hazards. DEM also will continue to oversee the SMC Alert notification sys...

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