Collaboration among elected bodies and between individual members takes effort. Finding common ground and cultivating respectful relationships early on can make for a more civil and effective governing body.
First 5 commissions can face interesting challenges relating to
public trust in their decision-making processes. State law
encourages knowledgeable individuals to participate in First
This can result in situations in which individuals either
may be (or may be perceived to be) on both sides of the
Influencing funding decisions, and
Being a part of organizations that benefit from those very