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TOWN HALL MEETING ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT MODELS

STRONG MAYOR, CITY MANAGER FORMS OF GOVERNMENT & CHARTER CHANGES

LAKELAND, FL (July 20, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 6 p.m. so citizens can learn more about municipal governance models including strong mayor and city manager forms of government. Mike McGrath, Chief Information Officer with the National Civic League will give a nonpartisan overview of the various local government models. The meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers located on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue. 

Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Brandeis and other leading municipal reformers founded the National Civic League in the late nineteenth century; the league has been instrumental in efforts to make local governments more open, accountable and effective.  Mayor Howard Wiggs said, “We have a great deal of discussion taking place in our community about various governance models and this is an excellent opportunity for our citizens to hear about the issue so they can be informed and engaged in the process.”

The National Civic League is a 120-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado.  The League focuses on public participation and civic action. It depends on groups and individuals across the country that promote community engagement and problem solving approaches to build better governments.

As chief communications officer at the National Civic League, Mike McGrath heads the organization’s publication program, edits the 102-year-old National Civic Review and other NCL publications. He recently served as research and writer for the Fiscal Sustainability Case Investigations Project, a joint effort of NCL and the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy.  He has a master’s degree in journalism is from the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

 


Polk County Commissioner John Hall and City of Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker are hosting a town hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the North Lakeland YMCA, 2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland.

Residents are invited to meet with the commissioners to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the community.

For more information, contact Commissioner Hall’s office at 863-534-6049 or the City of Lakeland Communications office at 863-834-6264.