Association of Washington Cities Conference 2019

June 27, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Spokane Conference Center
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Running Effective Public Comment Sessions

Taking input from the public can be challenging. This session will present a set of guidelines and specific tips to run effective public comment sessions, based on 15 years of working with municipal governments. We will discuss common pitfalls pertaining to the free speech rights of citizens. Audience: Elected officials whose bodies receive public comment. Suitable for all levels.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe a method for taking public comment that encourages order and civility.
  2. List best practices for elected officials to respond to public comment.
  3. Prepare a policy for your jurisdiction on public comment.