Decision-making in the public sector is a much different process than what they are used to in the private or nonprofit sector.
The materials below describe some key differences.
When a public agency makes a decision, the guiding principle must always be what best serves the public’s interests, not the personal self-interests of the decision-makers.
To expedite meetings and reserve time for matters that need to be discussed, many local agencies have a section on their agendas labeled as the “consent calendar.”
This handy, four-page pamphlet summarizes the kinds of issues and financial interests that ought to trigger a conversation with one’s agency counsel about what the law requires.
Because of transparency requirements, virtually all of the conversations among a quorum of members of city councils, boards of supervisors and special district boards occur at public meetings.
Local agency officials wear different decision-making hats.
Because of the often-collective nature of public agency decision-making, the concept of a quorum is important.