Don’t you love to get a call from an old friend who you haven’t heard from in a while? I know that I do. I love to hear what is happening, reconnect, and communicate what is going on in my world. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a call from your Weakley County Government? Let’s be clear – this is the Weakley County Courthouse calling. Your personal, unique “call” from the county: this is the theme of this new monthly section. Uniquely Weakley is a standing monthly appointment with your county government to talk about various topics that affect each one of us, directly or indirectly.
In this section, we will seize the opportunity to separate the facts from the fiction and provide Weakley County’s citizens with the reality of various aspects of Weakley County local government. You may get news directly from County Mayor Jake Bynum in this section from time to time. So let’s get started: let’s kick off this first installment of our monthly meet-up by discussing transparency in local county government.
I stumbled upon a quote recently with resounding truth: “If transparency in government is not ethics, then I don’t know what is.” – Frank Gibson, Public Policy Director for the Tennessee Associated Press.
Transparency in government is a fundamental component of democracy. Encouraging Weakley County Citizens to take an active role in the governmental process empowers all residents to take part in the decisions that affect lives and the future. When a government is fully transparent, all matters are conducted in the open and all citizens have equal availability to obtain information as it is needed. Public documents, public records, budgets, figures, facts, meeting dates, meeting notices, agendas, minutes, resolutions – all of this information is already equally available for all citizens in the county. But do our citizens know that this information is available? If not, how can we best communicate that this information is accessible?
In the spirit of reinforcing our commitment to transparency and open government, and with the goal of providing insight on how to find this information, below is a quick listing on how to retrieve information related to Weakley County Government:
Engage with us: Do you have question about transparency? How can we be more transparent? Do you have a general question and you’re not sure who to ask? Give us a call at the Weakley County Office of the Mayor at (731) 364-5413, or contact us here.
Until next time, stay #UniquelyWeakley.