Emma's dad said:
I think that it makes sense to appoint someone whose charge is to facilitate and improve the distribution of information from the town. Clearly, previous efforts, if any, by the council or its individual members have not been fruitful, and the importance of improving the public's ability to access government information cannot be understated. As Jefferson wrote, "whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." It's time for a more aggressive approach.
And my response:
Perhaps the newly created position of Public Information Officer will fill that role? hmmm...
After all, you may recall that this past Tuesday the Council voted to create a position of Public Information Officer. And if you read the job description below (click on image to enlarge), you'll see that #8 of the PIO role "originates and distributes information to the public through press releases, the Town website, the Government Access Channel, and other means as appropriate." (#9 & #10 seem to reinforce #8.)
So has the request by Emma's Dad just been filled?
Perhaps, but I will point out that when the Town Manager initially proposed this and I began asking him questions about it, he said several times that this role is not changing... this is simply a "recognition" of the role that is currently being performed as the job has changed over the years, with new duties added (new duties highlighted in yellow)... and again... this is simply a recognition of the current role. And so I guess that public information is already available, right?
Or maybe I'm left scratching my head... trying to figure out... if the Council just voted to create this new position... which is simply a recognition that these responsibilities are already being performed... then... how do we address the concerns of people here on this blog (and around town)... that public information is not as readily accessible as it could/should be?
Great comment by Emma's dad.
Emma's dad for Council!
Town Council, 4th District