McCarthy is focused on the county’s economy
— County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy is hoping to switch roles from the legislative body of county government to the executive branch after the Nov. 8 General Election.
McCarthy, a Republican, gave up his seat on the council in order to run for Cecil County Executive this year.
“After four years on the council, I would like to be able to make executive decisions to set this county up for future success,” he said Tuesday. “I know how it works and I think I’m ready
for the job.”
McCarthy promises to surround himself with competent people who will help him run the county.
“I want to put deadlines on every project in an attempt to streamline all processes,” he said.
It’s no secret that McCarthy’s focus is on economic development.
He has said from the day he first became a candidate for public office four years ago that his biggest priority is to connect all the missing links for water, sewer, gas and broadband utilities in the growth corridor.
“That really hasn’t changed,” he said. “You can’t attract businesses without infrastructure.”
McCarthy said he will be ready to go on multiple fronts, if elected Nov. 8.
He wants to develop more partnerships and agreements with the eight municipalities within Cecil County.
“We can accomplish more with economies of scale by working together on things like utilities,” he said. “I will promote economic development, education and tourism with the end goal of improving the quality of life for Cecil County citizens.”
McCarthy said he’ll be available most of the time for staff and the public.
Cecil County’s overall budget is nearly $273 million this year, but McCarthy says only about 18 cents of every $1 represents discretionary spending.
“I will try to find efficiencies wherever I can,” he said, but promises to focus on ways to increase county revenues to pay for needed services and growth.
He’s also been supportive of finding ways to decrease substance abuse since taking his council seat. McCarthy sits on the Cecil County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council and hosted a forum earlier this year with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin in Perryville discussing ways to improve efforts to combat substance abuse and its related impact on rising crimes.
“It’s a long-term commitment to have a positive impact on the community,” he said.
If elected, McCarthy plans to meet with department heads to explain his goals and get their feedback.
“I’ll listen to them and allow them to shoot holes in my ideas,” he said.
He plans to be in open communication with the county council on his plans and initiatives while in office.
McCarthy hopes to bring a better diversification of job opportunities to Cecil County if he becomes county executive.
“I think it’s important to offer a variety of career paths to allow people to work close to home,” he said.
At the same time, he thinks it is important to make sure county employees pay and benefits are competitive with neighboring jurisdictions.
“We can’t afford to train these people and then see them leave,” he said.
McCarthy, a resident of Chesapeake City and a county resident for the last 36 years, is a 1978 graduate of University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine. He has practiced as a veterinarian and has many real estate investments. McCarthy has also served eight years on the Cecil College Foundation Board.
Alan McCarthy, the Republican candidate for Cecil County Executive, emphasized a need to address the county’s economic viability and its substance abuse issue.