Windsor, Ontario, August 19, 2010. Lou Rinaldi, PA to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Peter Hume, immediate Past AMO President, and Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director presented County of Grey
“A Certificate of Merit recognizes projects that exemplify almost all of the P.J. Marshall Award’s criteria – innovation, tangible benefits, improved efficiency, innovative financing and transferability,” said Pat Vanini. “Grey County’s new Dashboard system streamlines the administration of court hearings of provincial offenses, creating better public service by saving both time and money.”

One feature of this new system allows a Case Management Officer to reschedule a trial base on officer, court, and justice availability.  Police officers now have direct access to trial notices and their court appearance schedule virtually 24 hours a day.  Currently there are 350 police officers using the application and 58 other users in Grey and Bruce Counties utilizing Dashboard.

The Award was accepted by Grey County Warden Arlene Wright and Director of Information Technology, Geoff Hogan at the 2010 AMO Annual Conference in Windsor on Wednesday.

“This award recognizes the tremendous efforts of Grey County staff to develop a better way to manage the complex administrative requirements of provincial offences,” said Warden Arlene Wright.  “Their work has streamlined the process for all users, from court administration staff to police officers to the prosecution, and has resulted in real tax savings for our property taxpayers.”

The P.J. Marshall Award is an annual competitive process organized by AMO.  Awards acknowledge municipalities who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in public-private partnerships.  

Submissions by Ontario municipalities are judged by a panel on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.  This year, one award and two certificates of merit were awarded.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system. 

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