Drugs and Crime
It is not government nor regulation which creates new jobs, but economic incentives and competitive advantages which would persuade a company to locate in Washington County.
Workforce development should be a priority focus in Washington County. We need to ensure that our citizens have the resources available to them to learn the skills required of today's jobs, while also showcasing to existing businesses that we have a ready, willing, and able workforce.
Drug related crime is on the rise, and has cost our citizens dearly in terms of dollars and lives. We must make it uncomfortable for dealers to be in our community, we need to support our law enforcement officers in rooting out drug dealers, and we must rehabilitate the users with government and non profit support.
In the long run, the most stable way to increase county revenue is to grow the tax base, not the tax rate.
Commissioner Wayne Keefer is a lifelong resident of Washington County, Maryland residing in Hancock. He is a graduate of Washington County Public Schools, and received degrees from both Hagerstown Community College and Frostburg State University, where he earned a Masters in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Commission, he held several roles in banking, including Assistant Controller, Branch Manager, Loan Officer, and Assistant Vice President. While still in banking, he started a small business which he continues to own. Commissioner Keefer is also an instructor with the College of Business at Frostburg State University.
Government is often inefficient, because it wrongly assumes that tax revenue comes from an unlimited source. Just as you must balance your finances, so too should government.
About Commissioner Wayne Keefer