Is the proposition that ‘Citizen Engagement is Essential in Creating a Community’s Public Policy’ Compatible with the Operation of a Plan B Municipality?
Ms. Longrie was the first woman mayor of Maplewood, a statutory plan B city. Unlike a charter city, a statutory plan B city does not have avenues for citizen engagement unless the city administration and the city council affirmatively create such opportunity. Opportunities for citizen engagement in the creation of a community’s public policy can be created or eliminated at will without citizen input. In a statutory plan B city, where the city manager has the exclusive management authority over the city’s operation and the city council has limited authority, when, why or how citizen engagement is utilized or eliminated affects the dynamics of creating the community’s public policy. While mayor, Ms. Longrie was a vocal advocate of creating opportunities of citizen engagement and was the driving force behind the policy that all city council or commission meetings, including workshops and task forces, be cable cast for viewing by the public. Currently, Ms. Longrie is an attorney in Maplewood and is the host of several long running, weekly cable access programs including “Off the Record News”, “The Citizens’ Reporter” and “Washington@Work” which may be seen through SPNN, SCC, Town Square and on YTube.
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