“We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in my first 15 months with great momentum to accomplish much more”, said Jeffreys. “The next four years will be pivotal for positioning Mason County to grow its retail, manufacturing and housing industries while improving our overall quality of life. We have only begun to leverage strategic partnerships that will build a strong future and a better community,” said Jeffreys.
In her first 15 months, Jeffreys worked to improve public safety by adding 4 Sheriff’s Deputy positions, funding a North Mason Sheriff’s precinct office in Belfair and planning for the retention of experienced Deputies by authorizing a new command structure and compensation package which will improve line staff oversight and support promotion of existing staff.
Jeffreys worked to meet the challenge of an increasing criminal justice case load by advocating for Legislative authorization of a third Superior Court Judge, funding County jail improvements that will increase jail capacity by 44 inmates, improves jail security and saves money through better energy and water efficiency and launching the Family Recovery Court, a restorative justice alternative that repairs families broken by substance abuse.
There is much more to be done to make Mason County a safer community. In the next month, the Board of Commissioners’ Citizen’s Task Force on Public Safety and Criminal Justice will begin work to review the County’s existing resource capacity for these vital services and make recommendations aimed at lowering the County crime rate. “I want to make sure I can move the recommendations into action,” said Jeffreys.
Jeffreys will continue work to improve the economic climate of Mason County. In her first month in office, Jeffreys began work with private landowners, the City of Shelton and the Mason County Economic Development Council to add over 400 acres of industrial land in the Shelton Urban Growth Area. “Having industrial land zoned and ready for development will give us the competitive edge we need to attract more jobs,” said Jeffreys. She is working to improve the permitting process by co-locating environmental health permitting with the building department and arranging opportunities for builders and developers to have input in the permitting process.
Creating a vibrant North Mason community is a priority for Jeffreys. She partnered with the Economic Development Council to recruit retail development, authored and helped pass state Legislation which allows Mason County to offer a property tax incentive for construction of affordable multi-family housing in the Belfair and Allyn urban growth areas and is working with a broad coalition of business groups and local governments to advocate for state transportation projects like the Belfair Bypass that will attract defense contractor businesses along the SR 3 corridor.
Jeffreys and her fellow Commissioners are not afraid of thinking “outside the box” to bring more revenue to the County. The Commission authorized a timber sale on County surplus lands which will bring $1.25 million additional funds to County coffers. The Board leased 19 acres of County owned tidelands estimated to bring $3.5 million in geoduck harvest proceeds and contracted professional real estate marketing of County owned surplus lands which will not only sell the property faster but will help negotiate higher prices.
Jeffreys plans to continue other strategic initiatives in the coming months including creating a partnership with the City of Shelton and others to create an inviting gateway into Shelton from Highway 101, work with our tourism partners to increase tourism promotion and most importantly, plan for success through the 10 year Comprehensive Land Use Plan update.
April 21, 2014
Citizens to Elect Terri Jeffreys
PO Box 382
Shelton, WA 98584