Snohomish County took fifth place in its category this year with a focus on improving transparency and services through technology. County IT completed a major undertaking in the last year with the reorganization of the Snohomish Health District into a department in county government. County IT completed 12-18 months of work in just 137 days, with tasks including onboarding nearly 200 employees, assessing 37 contracts and 18 IT solutions, and a host of other requirements. The transition was effectively completed by Jan. 1 of this year.
In the realm of public safety, Snohomish County implemented a number of initiatives meant to increase public transparency for the sheriff’s department. The County Council awarded $3.8 million for body-worn cameras for deputies, and county IT was actively involved in the procurement process for securing the cameras and their supporting systems. Also with county IT’s support, the sheriff’s department built and launched a public-facing Crime Data Dashboard that displays statistics and data related to their work.
In the interest of serving residents by closing the digital divide, the county’s Broadband Action Team is on the leading edge of efforts to expand broadband access, including actions like encouraging all county residents to challenge inaccuracies in the Federal Communications Commission’s recently released national broadband coverage maps. Additionally, Snohomish County is implementing a $16 million grant to provide high-speed broadband to 4,150 households in an unserved community. And with all that new broadband access, more residents will be able to access things like the new open data GIS portal, permitting records portal and the updated data sets in the Snohomish County Hazard Explorer.
2022Award Announcement - https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/digital-counties-survey-2022-winners-announced
2021 Award Announcement - https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties
2020 Award Announcement - https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/
2019 Award Announcement - https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2019--Winners-Announced.html
2018 Award Announcement - https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2018--Winners-Announced.html
The Digital Counties Survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, and enhance cybersecurity.