Fischer Unveils Transparency Plan

by Gabe Bullard on March 4, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer announced his plans for improving transparency in Metro Government Thursday.

Fischer’s transparency plan centers on a six-part citizens’ bill of rights. Among other things, the document pledges to increase access to government information and improved services.

“These would be handled by the press area and myself personally, will be the terms of people doing that. There are plenty of good people who work with our current administration, but there will be other people that come in as well.”

There have been calls for increased transparency in Metro Government in the last few years. Fischer says he wants to build on what’s already been done.

Fischer is one of eight Democrats seeking the mayor’s office. Three Republicans and at least three independent candidates are also running.

Fischer’s Citizens’ Bill of Rights:
I. Convenient Access: Every citizen has the right to prompt, efficient service from Metro Government. As mayor, I will work to expand the services available at county government centers and on the internet to meet the demands of the people of Louisville Metro. It should be easy to do business with Metro Government.

II. Truthful Answers and Explanations: Every citizen has the right to straightforward and honest information in connection with any significant decision made by the mayor. I will publish and make available the reasons behind my decisions on all significant public matters.

III. Quality Customer Service: Every citizen has the right to be treated like a valued customer, with dignity and respect. As taxpayers, citizens are customers of Metro Government and are entitled to courteous, professional service from employees who are intent on solving their problems.

IV. Timely Notice: Every citizen has the right to advance notice of projects and proposals affecting their home, business, or neighborhood. As mayor, I will provide citizens with the knowledge necessary to participate in local affairs.

V. Inclusive and Transparent Process: Every citizen has the right to be involved in government and have his or her voice heard at Louisville Metro Hall. As mayor, I will create a culture of inclusiveness and maintain open communications with the community. To understand diverse viewpoints, answer questions, and promote dialogue, I will keep regular open office hours and hold countywide community forums to meet with citizens and business owners and listen to their concerns.

VI. Focus on Results: Every citizen has the right to a team of Metro employees that strives to be the best in the world in job performance. As mayor, my leadership team will model and set a standard for diversity, joy in work, and the pursuit of continuous and breakthrough improvement.

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