The Good Governance Group envisions a county governed with transparency, and that its elected and appointed officials are fully accountable, every day, to those who elect or appoint them.
Note: Transparency means that all government decision making, unless legally prohibited, is open to review and/or participation by the citizens of Douglas County. Accountable means that the performance of all employees is thoroughly scrutinized through annual performance reviews by their supervisors, and by the public through prescribed regular elections for elected officials.
It is the mission of the Good Governance Group to ensure that elected and appointed county officials conduct business in an equitable, fair and transparent manner, and are accountable to the entire electorate.
The Good Governance Group is concerned that too much of the county’s business is conducted with special interest groups and/or without adequate opportunities for residents to provide valuable input before decisions are made by elected or appointed officials.
The following process for bringing a potential or perceived problem to the public’s attention will be followed:
- When an issue is found by a member or members of the Group to be contrary to the Vision Statement, it will be placed on an “Issues List” to be discussed and prioritized for action by the Group at its next regular meeting.
- If the issue is placed in the top three priorities, a Study Committee of at least three members of the Group will be named to research the issue with county staff or others, and report its findings back to the Group within a set period of time.
- Upon accepting the report of the Study Committee, the Group will determine a Course of Action. The Action may take the form of a white paper, letters to the editor or guest opinion article for the newspaper, presentation at a public meeting, or any and all of the above.
- A member or members will be named to draft the document or presentation script and submit same to the Group within a specified timeframe.
- If the document or script is approved, the Group will then name a person or persons to submit the document or read the script at a public meeting. Presentations at public meetings may be made by more than one member with each speaking to a different and specific point of the issue, thus acquiring more than the limited time normally afforded to one speaker.
- The Group may, with majority approval, revisit the issue as often as necessary to affect the desired change or action.
The Good Government Group focuses first and foremost on the government closest to “We the People,” namely Douglas County, its Towns and General Improvement Districts. It also tracks and comments when appropriate on State and Federal government issues.
Be Informed, Then Vote Wisely
"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers, men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust." -- James Madison
The Good Government Group has no elected leaders or officers, though study committees will name one person to be a coordinator and/or spokesperson. Weekly meetings are moderated by individual members who volunteer to do so, usually for a month at a time.
Membership in the Good Government Group is open to any individual with an interest in the mission of the group and a desire to become active in attaining its vision.
Weekly 60 to 90 minute meetings are held at Noon, each Tuesday, at the C.O.D. Casino’s Bingo Room in Minden. There is a small service charge (1.00) that covers unlimited soft drinks, coffee or tea or hot chocolate to accompany any lunch items that you may wish to bring.
The Good Governance Group is a Non-Partisan group.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead