MRSC Insight Blog
Posts for Administrative and Elected Officials
This blog discusses how salaries are set for elected officials, how salaries can be changed, and whether an official can request not to be paid.
Conflicts in city and town governments between the executive and the legislative branches can be the result of confusion as to these roles and their responsibilities. This blog offers an overview of division of power between these two branches.
Now that you've been elected there are a number of steps you'll need to take before assuming office, as well as some resources you might want to check out to get ready for your new adventure.
This blog explores frequently asked questions related to roles and responsibilities of elected officials versus local government staff.
This blog explores strategies for dealing with members of the public who cross the line into harassing elected officials or local government staff.
This blog post discusses the importance of the roles and responsibilities of elected and appointed officials working together in local governments.
The purpose of this blog post is to highlight the requirements in ESSB 6280, Washington State's new law regulating the use of facial technology software.
This blog article looks at the role of an elected official as policymaker, one who brings value to the community by overseeing use of its financial resources.
This blog covers questions about the use of social media and cell phones with regards to privacy and public records and focuses on their use from the perspective of an elected official.
This blog post covers the basics of the oath of office for local elected officials, such as when it can be taken, who can administer it, and how it should be worded.
In this guest-authored blog post, Ferndale Mayor Jon Mulcher reflects on the traits he has witnessed in his career as a public servant that define truly effective councilmembers.
There is a lot going on in politics these days at all levels of government. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, it is important for government employees to know the rules of engagement. While everyone has First Amendment rights, there are certain restrictions on speech and lobbying that apply to employees of local public agencies. This blog post provides an overview of these restrictions.
The end of the year is typically a busy time for local governments, but it also offers opportunities to help orient newly elected officials and to review citywide emergency management plans.
Every election cycle potentially introduces new members to your policy board or chief executive’s office. You have an opportunity to give the newly elected members of the team a “leg up” so that they can begin their term of office as ready as possible on day one.
I suspect every local government executive has experienced the situation where an employee unexpectedly steps to the microphone during a public comment period or gets a letter published about a government issue in a local newspaper. When this happens can, or should, the executive prevent an employee from speaking out on issues or take any action against an employee?
How do local governments obtain legal services? When it comes to cities and towns, the answer is not that easy.
If an elected official temporarily moves out of their jurisdiction at some point after being elected, can they still retain their elected position or does the office become vacant? It depends on the facts of the situation.
We often receive questions regarding when the resignation of an elective official is effective. The basic issue is whether a resignation has to be accepted by the governing body of the agency for the resignation to be effective. Until 2002, the common law rule was that a resignation had to be accepted to be effective. In 2002, the state court of appeals in State ex rel. Munroe v. Poulsbo, 109...