From Louis E. Svehla, Public Information Manager, Board of County Commissioners
On July 22, 2020, District 2 Commissioner Danny Glidewell was notified that he has been appointed as a Subcommittee Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee.
“I am honored to be selected to represent Walton County and the State of Florida as the Vice-Chair of the Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee and as a member of the steering committee of the Rural Action Caucus,” said Glidewell. “As a retired law enforcement officer, public safety and helping our law enforcement officers is close to my heart and I am fully committed to helping our rural areas improve and prosper.”
The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:
· Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
· Promote exemplary county policies and practices
· Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
· Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
· Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.
Specifically as a member of the Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee, Commissioner Glidewell will be dealing with all matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.
This appointment was made by NACo President Gary Moore who said, “You were chosen because my goal is to build a talented and committed leadership team for NACo. Now is a critical time for our nation’s counties, and your leadership in this committee is a serious commitment and responsibility.”
According to NACo, the following is their statement of basic philosophy for the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee:
“Only through county partnership with other levels of government can a comprehensive approach to crime and public safety issues be undertaken within the American system of federalism. Counties must increasingly look to the federal government for substantial financial assistance; to the states for coordination of state and local crime and public safety programs as well as appropriate statutory authorizations and a measure of financial assistance; and to their sister municipal governments and regional agencies for cooperative and coordinated local approaches to these problems. There is an evident need for comprehensive planning in order to bring about a more rational approach to problem-solving in all areas of the public safety enterprise. Counties must exercise a strong leadership role in this regard.”
Glidewell said, “My goals are to help protect our law enforcement professionals from unreasonable attacks and to help our rural areas prosper. These are goals for Walton County and for Florida and our Country.”
For more on the NACO Justice and Public Safety Platform and Resolutions for 2019-2020, visit https://www.naco.org/sites/default/files/documents/JPS%202019-2020%20Platform.pdf