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407 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 14-20, 2021, 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 10th day of March, 2021.



Benjamin Kafferlin



Tricia D. Durbin

Attest:                                                                   Vice Chair


Pamela J. Matve                                                   Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                           Commissioner