Individually, there is only so much that we can accomplish. Together, however, there are but few limitations upon us. Although a simple premise, the truth is that with strong leadership, the right teams are able to come together to identify problems, create effective solutions, and successfully implement meaningful change.
According to the City website, Newton residents participate in local government as members of more than eighty Boards, Commissions, Committees and Advisory Councils. It is also stated that such broad citizen involvement helps our government remain open and responsive to the people of Newton, and that residents play a critical role in the work required to address a wide variety of needs in the City.
Given that commissions are an important part of our city government and thus impact how much we can accomplish by way of results, the composition and utility of them is vital. As such, two questions come to mind: 1) Does the composition of our commissions properly reflect the diversity of our community, and 2) are our commissions maximizing their utility?
Finally, if you do not believe that current leadership is doing a good enough job in this regard, what would you like to see changed or improved?