Cochise County Strategic Work Plan for 2021-2024

Board of Supervisors Adopt Top Priorities for Cochise County


BISBEE, Az. (February 26, 2021) – The Cochise County Board of Supervisors adopted and presented the direction of the county’s strategic plan and base framework for the upcoming 2021-2024 term. The plan unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors outlines the path of Board priorities and identifies next steps to continue moving the county forward.


The strategic plan is defined by seven top priorities in which funding and staff time will be devoted to, in order to effectively achieve priority goals. Each priority has a set of objectives and strategies to help guide the county in achieving maximum potential. Prior to finalizing, the Board of Supervisors met with county staff to discuss and update the plan to clearly define the priorities of the Board and county, moving into 2021-2024.


The seven county priorities include the following, in no particular order:


Countywide Economic Development

  • Support and promote the proposed Commercial Port of Entry near Douglas
  • Support the major industries of Cochise County, such as Fort Huachuca, agriculture, tourism, mining and health care
  • Enhance broadband capabilities in rural areas
  • Advocate to improve state and federal transportation infrastructure


Promote Environmental Solutions

  • Participate in community-driven policy development for water issues in the Sulphur Springs Valley
  • Engage in partnerships for wildlife management in the San Pedro Riparian area
  • Support Fort Huachuca with environmental efforts
  • Support access to public lands in legality and constitutionality for benefit of Fort Huachuca


Increased Intergovernmental Cooperation and Collaboration

  • Stabilize the financial future of SEACOM (Southeast Arizona Communications Center)
  • Aggressively explore offering additional services to other government organizations when resources allow
  • Ensure the sustainability of agreements with municipalities for elections and court services
  • Enhance partnerships related to the Community Health & Wellness (Community Health Improvement Plan 2017-2022)


Workforce Development

  • Establish structured training program for all employees
  • Review Human Resources policies to enhance recruitment, retention, and equity
  • Address Telecommuting trends through effective policies and procedures


Efficient Administration Practices

  • Develop online tools for increased public to access to services
  • Redesign County website for improved communication with public
  • Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPS) for all departments
  • Utilize contracts with private companies for services to decrease liability


Maintain Fiscal Responsibility

  • Conduct an internal audit to evaluate internal controls, policies, and procedures
  • Implement strategies for funding PSPRS, CORP and EORP


Infrastructure Management and Development

  • Develop a 3-year Capital Improvement Plan from County ½ cent sales tax
  • Decrease the overall County facility footprint
  • Develop a 3-year County Road Project Plan


“This strategic plan was a collaborative effort between all three supervisors,” said Chairman Ann English. “We had to determine where we were going to spend our time and our resources over the next four years and these priorities that we have set… these are the matters we consider to be important and where our funding and thoughts are going to be going to in this four year term. Everything that we hope to do or gain over the next four years should fall under these categories.”


The strategic plan is a living document and can always be updated to reflect changes that impact the County's mission and vision.