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361 Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation

 

WHEREAS, James Madison, the father of our federal Constitution, wrote that “consent of the governed” requires that the people be able to “arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives,” and

 

WHEREAS, every citizen in our participatory democracy has an inherent right to access to government meetings and public records; and

 

WHEREAS, an open and accessible government is vital to establishing and maintaining the people’s trust and confidence in their government and in the government’s ability to effectively serve its citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, the protection of every person’s right of access to public records and government meetings is a high priority of the Warren County Commissioners; and

 

WHEREAS, the Warren County Commissioners are committed to openness and transparency in all aspects of its operations and seeks to set a standard in this regard; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, the Warren County Commissioners commit during this Sunshine Week,

March 15-21, 2020, commemorating the anniversary of James Madison’s birth, and throughout the year to work diligently to enhance the public’s access to government records and information, to increase information provided electronically and online, and to ensure that all meetings of deliberative bodies under its jurisdiction, and their committees, are fully noticed and open to the public.

 

ADOPTED, this 11th day of March, 2020.

 

COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY

 

Benjamin Kafferlin

Chair

Tricia D. Durbin

Attest:                                                                                         Vice Chair

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                                      Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                                                Commissioner