Orangeburg County may be getting a more modern mission statement.
Discussion on possible changes was held during Orangeburg County Council’s Strategic Plan Work Session on Monday.
Council members are looking to eliminate the county’s current vision statement, mission statement and values statement, combining them into one.
The current statements read:
• Mission statement – “The County of Orangeburg exists for the purpose of providing a prosperous and healthy environment for its citizens. It seeks to create a positive leadership and the development of policies consistent with the present and future needs of the community. The county strives to be accountable to its citizens by providing the most effective and efficient services possible.”
• Vision statement – “Orangeburg County will be a responsive, progressive, and service-oriented government in constant pursuit of excellence. Each citizen will be assisted by knowledgeable, courteous, and professional staff members committed to excellence in service through our cooperative attitude. We will be leaders on the forefront of economic, social, and environmental coalitions. Pride, integrity and respect are the key elements in unifying all aspects of our community.”
• Values statement – “We will be responsive to our customers' needs by providing them with courteous, professional services. We will perform our duties to the best of our ability. We will be dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to the citizens in the most efficient and effective manner. We will earn public trust by being honest and forthright. We will be accountable for our actions. We will practice good stewardship of those resources entrusted to us and will serve all customers with full commitment and responsibility. We will take pride in our job and be committed to treating all people in a courteous, respectful, and professional manner. We will work cooperatively to accomplish the common goal of customer service, being fair and impartial to all. We will promote a positive exchange of ideas and directions in an understanding manner to meet the needs of the citizens and employees of Orangeburg County.”
Council members stressed having one statement that represents several aspects of the county is more appealing.
The proposed changed motto, which hasn’t been finalized, will focus on economic development aspects, educational opportunities, recreational opportunities and the infrastructure aspects of the county.
Orangeburg County Administrator Harold Young said the decision to change is led by several factors.
“So, they’re looking at and it’s one of those things because it’s so long a lot of times the motto is typically short, something that the employees and the people can remember and spout off,” he said.
“With the length of the one that we have, it’s not as easily rememberable, so it can’t be put in play,” Young said.
Young said the proposed new statement will represent the county and pinpoint the county’s focus, which will aid the county’s marketability.
“The fact (is) that the times have changed and some of the stuff is from a more, less-aggressive time than we’re living in now," Young said. "From a standpoint of we’re going after economic development heavy and some other things that we want to show ourselves as transcendent with logistics, STEM, technology being the forefront of some of our economic development metrics."
No official action was taken on the proposed changes, and discussions regarding the new motto will resume at the county’s next scheduled work session.
Also during the planning session, council members were asked to rank their priorities among technology, education, economic development, housing, infrastructure, recruitment and retention, and others.
The consensus top three priorities among the council members were education and economic development, infrastructure and technology.