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Across the nation, citizens are demanding more ways to be a part of decisions they care about. Now more than ever, public officials in Jefferson County (Jeffco) need help from the community to address issues that affect residents within the county and beyond. It’s important we create more opportunities for the public to engage with decision makers and things going on in Jeffco. Public engagement refers to a broad range of methods used to help members of the public become more informed about and/or influence public decisions. You can read more about how public engagement is evolving in an article by Paul Taylor in the Dec. 2016 issue of Government Technology. He talks about how the continuum of public engagement is bookended by social media and face-to-face consultations, with a variety of public meetings, public comments and a public practice of co-design.
In response to this change, in January 2016, Jeffco renamed the former Public Information Office the PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OFFICE (PEO). The name change was just the beginning of this effort. The county also created a plan to guide the county toward a public engagement philosophy (see below for the mission, vision, values and goals of the plan). The plan outlines innovative strategies to expand and modernize our community connections, citizen involvement and public participation. The county’s new Engage Jeffco Newsletter takes us one more step toward effective public engagement.
To ensure that the public has a say in how the Jeffco community evolves, the county plans to work collaboratively to make our services more interactive. We will also continue to partner with community members and groups to address local issues, so that together we can improve overall outcomes across a variety of issues. We’ll also update you as we track progress on this effort. Let us know what you think!
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Libby Szabo, Chair Casey Tighe Donald Rosier
Engaging Jeffco residents and communities through inclusiveness, partnership, and innovation.
Transform the way Jeffco operates through effective public engagement.
Expand Jeffco’s community connections.
Amplify citizen involvement and participation in county programs and services.
Work with stakeholders and the public to identify and adopt innovative ideas and tools.
Modernize county media relations and communications (internal and external).
Gauge impact to regularly improve efforts.
January 18, 2017
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