Officials to Get Course on Governing
A Local Government Workshop will be held Wednesday evening, Nov. 28, for the volunteers who serve on Barrington's boards and all department heads.
A crash course on municipal governing and ethics will be presented to the dozens of volunteers who serve on Barrington's boards and commissions and all town department heads tomorrow evening, Nov. 28.
The Local Government Workshop will run from 6 to 8:30 pm in the Barrington Public Library auditorium. Rhode Island's public records and open meetings laws will be a particular focus.
"We want to make sure that those who volunteer, in particular, get the training they need," said Town Councilor Cynthia Coyne, the event coordinator. "Those who serve need the tools to do the job so people get the open government they are entitled to."
For the 75 or so officials who attended a previous government workshop in March of 2011, Coyne said, it will be very similar.
Outgoing Town Councilor Jeff Brenner, for instance, will serve as moderator again. And Assistant Attorney General Michael Field and Andrew Teitz, assistant solicitor for Barrington, will be the guest speakers.
"But this will be a little more advanced," Coyne said. "Last year was Government 101; this will be Government 201."
Field will brief everyone on the recent changes to state laws that govern access to public records and open meetings.
Teitz will focus on Ethics Commission rules and some of the overlapping legal regulations.
"He will focus on how to run a fair public meeting efficiently and the free speech requirements to make that happen," Coyne said.
Invitations to the workshop went out about two weeks ago, she said. Approximately 75 people are expected to participate.