Twenty-five employees of the Town of Greeneville spent Valentine's Day in a day-long retreat at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center.
A press release from Greeneville Town Hall says the first-ever retreat of Town department heads and their key staff members involved the writing of mission statements for each department and the setting of priorities for fiscal year 2014 budget proposals.
GREENEVILLE'S MISSION STATEMENT REVIEWED
Before breaking into groups by departments to write their own mission statements, Town staff members reviewed the Town's new mission statement, developed as part of the 2020 Vision initiative.
The Town's new mission statement says, "The mission of the Town of Greeneville is to enhance our vibrant community by delivering high quality public services and effective communication to citizens and visitors."
GPD, GFD MISSION STATEMENTS
The Greeneville Police Department and the Greeneville Fire Department already had mission statements. Both departments decided during the retreat not to make any changes.
The Police Department's mission statement says, "The mission of the Greeneville Police Department is to protect and serve the citizens in our community, to protect and uphold the United States Constitution, and to maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct."
The Fire Department's mission statement says, "The mission of the Greeneville Fire Department is to provide high quality customer service by saving lives and conserving property through prevention, preparation, response and mitigation."
NEW MISSION STATEMENTS
Eight new mission statements were drafted during the retreat.
A new mission statement for the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Department says, "The mission of the Greeneville Parks & Recreation Department is to offer recreational activities, special events, and a parks system to enhance the physical well-being of our community."
The Recorder's Office drafted a new mission which says, "The Recorder's Office of the Town of Greeneville serves the citizens of Greeneville, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and town employees. We are responsible for the organization and maintenance of all town records. The office ensures accountability for public funds and their intended use."
A new mission statement drafted by the Public Works Department reads, "The mission of the Greeneville Public Works Department is to provide prompt, courteous, and efficient solid waste disposal services as well as safe transportation infrastructure for our citizens and visitors."
The Building Department's new stated mission reads, "The Building/Zoning/Planning Department's mission and goals relate to customer satisfaction by ensuring public safety, minimizing untimely delays to citizens, providing for expedited review procedures to increase public satisfaction, and remaining in compliance with the town's Building Code and Zoning regulations."
The Town's new Public Relations mission statement reads, "The mission of Greeneville Public Relations is to effectively communicate with the public by sharing timely and important news and information about the Town of Greeneville."
A mission statement drafted for the Greeneville-Greene County Landfill and Transfer Station states, "The mission of the Greeneville-Greene County Landfill and Transfer Station is to maintain regulatory compliance in the handling of all solid waste in the safest, most efficient, and environmentally sound manner."
The new mission statement of the Human Resources Department reads, "The mission of the Greeneville Human Resources Department is to promote a safe, healthy, happy and productive workforce."
The Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center mission statement drafted at the retreat reads, "The purpose of the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center is to provide a focal point on aging where older persons can come together for services and activities which enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the community."
Following the creation of the mission statements, the staff members reviewed their departments' fiscal year 2013 budgets.
They also discussed expectations for their fiscal year 2014 budgets.
In attendance were: City Administrator Todd Smith, who led the event; Human Resources Director Patsy Fuller, who spoke about performance evaluations; Public Relations Manager Amy Rose; Landfill Manager Zip Wright;
and the following department heads and their staff members: Recorder Carol Susong with accountant Brooke Davis; Public Works Director Brad Peters with Supervisor William Barner and Environmentalist Debbie Smith; Building Official Jeff Woods with Permit Clerk Rachiel Foulks; Police Chief Terry Cannon with Assistant Police Chief Craig Fillers; Fire Chief Mark Foulks with Administrative Capt. Marty Shelton, Fire Marshal Alan Shipley and Capts. John Craft, Steve Louderback, and Bill Teague;
also, Parks & Recreation Director Butch Patterson with Athletic Director Tim Bowman, Maintenance Supervisor John Darnell and Administrative Assistant Lisa Fisher; and Roby Center Director Glenda Blazer with Secretary Judy Rader.
Smith said he would like to hold the staff retreat on at least an annual basis.
Additional photos of the retreat are available on the Town's official Facebook page on the Internet. It may be accessed by navigating to http://www.facebook.com/TownofGreeneville.