Article Revised: March 28, 2019
The city of Kenosha, WI, is planning to implement Six Sigma methods into its permitting process. According to an article from the Kenosha News, the city’s Public Safety and Welfare Committee unanimously approved a Six Sigma project to reduce waste and increase the speed by which permits are permitted or denied.
It is estimated that Six Sigma will save Kenosha about $1.75 million a year without a big cost of implementation or a reduction in city hall staff. The project would, however, free up the staff to do other critical work, the article stated. The Six Sigma project would require a review of the entire permitting practice and would create a “one-stop” website where citizens could access information and permit applications. It would also remove final approval of zoning issues from the city council, the article stated.
In approving the implementation of Six Sigma, the committee struck down a different proposal that caused for the formation of an additional citizen committee to tackle issues with Kenosha’s permitting process. However, it was stressed that even while using the Six Sigma processes, the Public Safety and Welfare aldermen could still hear advice and input from citizens. It was reported at the meeting that 26 states and a number of local governments have begun using Six Sigma processes in order to save money and run departments more efficiently.
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