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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "New city clerk working hard to stamp out bad habits in her office"

Here is an interesting column today in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, by Kevin Leininger. What may be the most significant part to many is far down in the (worth-reading in full) story:

[New Fort Wayne city clerk Lana] Keesling may have been able to trim spending even more if not for another problem discovered after she took office. It seems that at least four city ordinances passed since 2011 had not been forwarded to American Legal Publishing, which compiles laws for review by attorneys and others. One of the ordinances concerned City Council's controversial 2014 decision to eliminate collective bargaining.

Although the ordinances remain valid, their absence in legal publications can create problems, said Keesling, who said she had planned to eliminate a deputy position but will have to fill the job in order make sure all other ordinances were recorded properly.

Keesling said she has also begun to address parking enforcement issues, establishing a weekly appeals board for people who want to question the validity of tickets. Previously, she said, there was no process for reviewing appeals, creating the possibility of arbitrary decisions.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 9, 2016 08:46 AM
Posted to Indiana Government