The Director of Public Affairs is the primary point of contact for external functions of the County. Leading a broad range of critical efforts such as state and federal policymaking, major special project development, grant management and support, and public and media relations. The Director of Public Affairs represents the County Manager and commissioners in local, regional and statewide meetings, serving as the liaison to area business, non-profit, municipal and education groups as well as affiliated County partners and other entities.
Facilitator, convener, service provider, and participant: These are the various roles the county can play depending on the situation and need. Over the past 9 years, the county has utilized 2 5-year strategic plans involving dozens of citizens, municipal officials, legislators and business leaders examining issues of importance to the region and the county's governance.
A major focus of Cumberland County government has been researching and developing alternative solutions for less costly and equally or more effective public services.
In addition to expanding core services such as dispatch and law enforcement, Cumberland County has convened and participated in gatherings of community leaders and residents to discuss regional approaches to particular issues in education, community development, public health, energy efficiency and local services delivery.