What do you consider the greatest accomplishments and failings of the Glassman administration?
Blasdell: Mr. Glassman has turned around the fiscal position of Harford County and somewhat improved the situation for the remaining county employees. However, he has outsourced many tasks to outside contractors.
Does Harford County have adequate resources to meet its needs, particularly in the funding of public schools and law enforcement?
Blasdell: I do not feel that Harford County has adequate resources to meets its needs for education or public safety.
Have the county’s land use policies adequately balanced growth and the preservation of existing communities and agricultural land?
Blasdell: Harford County’s land use policies have not adequately addressed the needs of the existing communities.
How do you rate the county’s efforts to fight opioid addiction overdoses? What else, if anything, should the county be doing to combat the epidemic?
Blasdell: Harford county has done an adequate job in fighting the opioid issues. However, additional resources need to obtained to fund treatment and mental health concerns for individuals and families dealing with addiction.
How would you characterize the relationship between the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the communities it serves? Are any reforms necessary?
Blasdell: Overall the relationship between the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the communities it serves would be adequate. In certain areas, such as Edgewood there are tensions and they need to be addressed through better community policing efforts.
The Glassman administration is trying to lead Harford County’s formerly all-volunteer fire and emergency medical services to more a professional organization with more paid personnel. How do you rate the county’s effort and what should have or could have done differently in this controversial transformation?
Blasdell: This is process which should have been started many years ago. Harford County’s population has grown and how people live and work have changed. Many times calls may be delayed or unanswered out of certain stations during the day because of staffing issues at the fire houses. The County needs to involve the volunteer organizations in this process and work out mutually beneficial agreements. Most counties within the Baltimore and Washington, DC areas have a dual system which work well together to meet the needs of their citizens.