Does College Station NEED to be the only city in the nation to have the list of highly accredited departments this year??
The City doesn’t NEED to have any accredited departments. What the City NEEDS is to have its departments delivering the level of services that the citizens want and are willing to pay for.
City departments work to achieve accreditation for three reasons.
1. To self-evaluate and have independent evaluation compared to a set of nationally recognized standards.
2. To gain credibility in the eyes of the public and elected officials who will consider their
requests for funding.
3. To mitigate the risk of litigation for damages that might be made claiming that proper level of service or protocols were not followed.
A self-evaluation could be done at a minimal cost but I think that an independent audit of practices is a good way to keep our city servants honest and ensure credibility. I think that reasons for accreditation are valid considering that the cost of accreditation is small in comparison the cost of the actual services provided or the potential cost of litigation.
I am proud that College Station city staff is willing to subject themselves to this level of scrutiny. Where you might see city services lacking it is most likely due to scarce resources rather than a lack of knowledge or competence.