OK, so by my calculations, today, March 15, marks the 105th day of the Kittleman Administration. But we've got to have lines of demarcation and the first 100 days is a good one. Therefore, Amanda Yeager wrote this article which is an examination of the first 100 days of Allan Kittleman's stewardship of Howard County Government.
I think the article is a fair high-level examination and description of the first hundred days of Allan Kittleman's regime. And I think there are two articles I'd like to see spin off from this article.
I'd like to see, say at the six-month mark, something about how the new organizational structure in county government, especially at the level of the County Executive's office, is working? It's already been documented that the new County Executive's office is leaner than his predecessor's. I think it'd be interesting to see how that's working.
The other article that ought to be written is, what's going on with the transition reports? What are the transition committees doing? I'm sure they're out there, doing good and interesting work in support of the administration and the people of Howard County. But-- and maybe I'm just spoiled by seeing lots of commission reports come forth recently-- I'd like to know what they've done, and where they're advising Kittleman take the county.
All in all though-- I once had a mentor tell me that in the first 90 days of a new job, you're basically still finding out where the bathrooms are in the place. Meaning that you're learning the who's who, what's what, and your role. Kittleman obviously came in at a higher level and with a higher experience base.
And such being the case, I perceive the first 100 days of the Kittleman Administration as following the same theme of his campaign for the office he currently holds-- do what you have to do and don't create unnecessary waves. He certainly has created them-- witness the mid-year budget cuts, support for the North Laurel homeless shelter, and the opposition to the Hogan education cuts-- but in all cases, he didn't bring the fight. The fight was brought to him. And while he has, as expected, departed in many ways from the Ulman administration, he also hasn't turned county government hard right.
And as stated in the article, the second and even the third hundred days will say much, much more about this administration. Can't wait to see what happens with the budget and with negotiating new contracts with the public employees' unions.
Let's be careful out there.
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