The role of a City Commissioner is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Commissioners are appointed by the City Council after an application and interview process in the public view. They provide direct feedback to the City Council in areas that they study and advocate for. They set goals each year based off what the City Council's goals are. They work for the City Council, and align with them. They create work plans and bring fresh new ideas to the table. Being a Commissioner means that you put the needs of the Community before yours.
It's up to those in the Community that want to get involved, go get involved. You can't come in last minute and expect change to occur. To be apart of the process is more than just showing up to a few meetings and missing others. It's about watching and reading minutes from all involved. I do feel that the City should enhance their transparency by providing audio/video recording of select Commissions. Reading minutes and agendas isn’t the best way to enhance transparency and get engagement of the Community. Going LIVE on social media and other outlets would be ideal. As a Commissioner you should know the direction of the Council and watch a project go through the process. You can see the current projects on the City’s website under Community Development. Projects go through months and years of planning, and every step of the way gains public comment that is used.
Commissions have historically provided a platform for those that want to run for City Council and Mayor because you can gain experience with the process from a different point. You get to know the City Staff, City Council, and developers from meetings. It’s a position for you to show the voters what you can accomplish and build a trust with the Community. It’s your duty to act professionally while representing your Commission locally and regionally.
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Carol Marques is running for the City Council two-year term against current City Council Member Dan Harney. This is a short amount of time to come in fresh and make an impact, but it can be done. I’ve watched Council Member Dan Harney make a difference. Parks & Recreation Commissioner Carol Marques was appointed in January 2018. What are her accomplishments on the Parks & Recreation Commission that didn’t benefit her? Not sure. When you watch her interview she states that she wanted to focus on safety at Las Animas Park. Las Animas Park is where she hosts her Tennis Club matches. She has missed regular meetings, one of which was the Annual Arbor Day Celebration at Carriage Hills Park and annual work plan discussion for her Commission that followed. I was there and watched the neighbors of the park talk to the Commission about the safety at their park and what they have experienced.