Transparency is a key element of public trust and confidence. A commitment to transparency demonstrates to the community that an agency and its officials have nothing to hide.
There are a variety of ways to show this commitment:
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What can local officials and their communities do to prevent a culture of self-interest over public interest from taking hold? What can they do to make sure abuses of authority do not occur in their communities?
Local officials in California’s Gold Country spent a morning in July pondering transparency and public engagement strategies (and the inter-relationship between the two).