LWV ABC began an Observer Corps to understand how the Anoka County Board of Commissioners works, inform the community, and make knowledgeable requests for changes. The Observer Corps comprises league and community volunteers who observe specific meetings. During the meetings, observers complete evaluation forms detailing specific criteria. The forms are used to create a report of county actions and procedures and recommend meeting protocol changes.
LWV ABC is seeking members who are interested in observing other local meetings such as city councils, local boards, school district meetings, etc.
Letter to County Commissioners Expressing Concern with the Lack of Open Process for Appointment of the County Administrator
Long-time Anoka County Administrator Jerry Soma is retiring, effective May 1, 2019. The County Board will be considering two competing resolutions at their March 26 meeting. The first initiates a low-key internal search for candidates, the second appoints current County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah to the post. This letter provides LWV ABC's position on this process.
Summary of Meeting with Anoka County Staff and Commissioners
LWV ABC members met with Jerry Soma, Anoka County Administrator, on October 31, 2017 and continues to work with the county to address the issues noted in the letter of August 29, 2017.
Letter to Anoka County Board of Commissioners Concerning Transparency in Decision Making
After two years of observations, LWV ABC sent the following letter to the Anoka County Commissioners:
Send an email to lwvabc [at] gmail.com and we will provide the training to be an impartial observer.
Observer Corps members who attend a local meeting, please use the LWV ABC Observer Corps Report Form to report what you saw.