Our Board of Commissioners recently approved a new public comment policy in order to stop personal attacks made against them during meetings.
According to Resolution 2011-28, “. . . it is the policy of the Board that it fully supports and encourages public participation, it does not support disrespectful behavior and therefore establishes the following policy with respect to receiving public comments at the regular meetings of the Board and that it is in the best interest of the citizen to establish this policy.”
It goes on to state that abusive language and personal attacks won’t be tolerated not only against BOC members, but also county employees and citizens. Additionally, all BOC meetings are audio taped “to ensure fairness and accuracy”, and speakers must identify themselves and the county they reside in before addressing the Board.
While Clayton residents who do speak out are very opinionated and passionate about various county issues, are personal attacks on anyone, elected official or not, really necessary? Will name calling help to solve any of our problems?
Public comments are still limited to two minutes per speaker at the end of regular business meetings and work sessions, before Executive Session. You must sign up with the Clerk (usually a sheet of paper on a table at the back of the room) prior to the start of meetings. BOC meetings are held on the first, second, and third Tuesday of each month at 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro.
Your thoughts on the BOC’s new public comment policy? Have you ever witnessed personal attacks on any commissioner during the BOC meetings?
This is not an invitation to launch personal attacks on the commissioners, either. Please keep your comments on topic, thanks.