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Invisible Service by city officials unrecognized

In both the public and private sector, much good work is performed behind the scene, essentially invisible. Not sneakily but at home or in a subcommittee or by telephone or texting or email -- to accomplish important and trivial tasks needed to meet responsibilities which were assumed or assigned during formal on-the-record meetings.

Certainly that is true of our mayor and city commissioners. So I thought I'd reveal some of the other-than-CITCOM services The Seven perform. From the 03 February report: Boards and Committee Members, we have:

Ellison
  • Audit Review
  • Downtown Task
  • Employee Rel
  • Planning
  • Dream Cruise

Douglas
  • City/School
  • Economic Dev
  • Employee Rel
  • Farmers Mkt

Goodwin
  • Animal Shelter
  • City/School
  • Crime Prevn

DuBuc
  • Arts Comm
  • Environmental
  • ROOTS

Fournier
  • Audit Review
  • Downtown Task
  • Parks & Rec
  • Governance

Mahrle
  • Charter Rvw
  • Downtown Task
  • Employee Rel
  • Retirement
  • Governance

Poulton
  • Brownfield
  • City/School
  • Planning
  • Retirement
  • Governance

Not every entity meets regularly. Meetings are posted but fewer than a handful are televised. So we don't see the mayor and commissioners working there, often with volunteers, reading the minutes at home, communicating by telephone and email: Invisible service.

Of this group, I have sat on committees with Poulton, where David is the same quietly attentive participant that he is at The Table. Of past commissioners: Chuck Semchena, combative at The Table, behaved collegially and never pulled rank on the volunteers; Pat Capello encouraged the volunteers to decide how long meetings should last and to choose a Chair from among themselves; Carlo Ginotti kept us focused with the same tone as a friendly game of cards; Mike Andrzejak was impersonally cordial and businesslike. Two or three past commissioners were frankly lightweight and ineffective when conducting business with volunteers.

Speaking of volunteers, hundreds of residents have provided mostly invisible service over decades, serving on committees and commissions.

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Roberta Colville February 24, 2014 at 07:14 AM
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