Aerris Managing Solutions:
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) outlines the role of council but reality is often more complicated than legislation. Explain how you see your role as an elected official in relation to the operations of the City?

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Burke

Answer

With regards to the operations of the City, I see the role of Council as being the body responsible for providing the vision, the governance, and the appropriate policy that will enable the Administration to carry out the actions that the City of Lethbridge considers to be in the best interest of the City.


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Burrows-Johnson

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The role of Council is to lead and direct. Planning, reporting and auditing occur at the staff level. Staff and council have an ongoing dialogue to produce the best results for the citizens. It is important that City Councillors do not interfere with the operations of the City, but obtain information or discuss their concerns directly with the City Manager.


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Campbell

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I need to be a student and a communicator. I need to find out everything on every topic. Be informed and knowledgeable before making a decision. I would maintain communication on my decisions using various forms of social media like twitter, facebook or even my own personal Blog.


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Carlson

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Council's main role is one of Governance and Oversight. The legislation covers broad topics such as promoting the welfare or interests of the municipality, and developing and evaluating policies and programs. While any group of citizens could accomplish this, the role of an Elected Official is to bring the values they were elected on into the process. Communicating and interacting with our residents, listening to all viewpoints, and bringing all of our community's diverse voices to the table are paramount. Good information gathering and strong debate are also key parts of the job.


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Coffman

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Aside form my legislated responsibilities defined in the MGA, I see my role as being a part of the governing body (City Council) for the Organization (City of Lethbridge). Within that governing body, I must: a) maintain my obligations (see #3, above); b) bring critical thought, research and an understanding to debate; c) inquire and respectfully challenge, and; d) remain open to all possibilities. While my role is primarily creating policy (policy sets the rules of how Council and City Hall will act), it is also my role to help the public navigate City Hall and to make the CAO aware of operational questions or concerns.


B

 

Crowson

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The City of Lethbridge operates under the City Manager form of government. This means operations are not the purview of councillors and councillors must appreciate that their role is to set directions as policy makers. However, councillors must have a strong understanding of operations in order to make well-considered strategic and budgeting decisions. This means asking a lot of questions, learning about how the city operates and also discovering how other municipalities operate. The public needs councillors to be excellent at liaising between city operations and the public, helping residents navigate city operations when necessary as well as communicating city operations to the public.


C

 

Germshied

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I think the city council is imperative to creating a vision for the city. We will also need to investigate and research how we can achieve the goals. I think this will be an exciting endeavor with some very tiring and tedious stretches. We we'll then work with our City Planner to take the steps to bring these goals to fruition. Many of those steps will be small and may not be sensational, but we will engage in every aspect with enthusiasm because it is all crucial to attaining our bigger vision. The way to make a dream into a goal is by taking the steps to achieve them.


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Gibb

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I see the role of city councillor as that of an ambassador to the city. We need to make sure we make the best decisions and connections for Lethbridge, and actively look for new ways to do that. City councillors should expand their roles as public officials, to keep in touch more with the community they are elected to represent. Councillors should have a role in guiding city administration because they are the ones held accountable by the voters for the services that they receive.


B

 

Ginther

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I would see myself as a representative of the people and not just those who voted for me on the ballot. I, as a part of a group of 9 (8 Councilors and I Mayor) would be a part of a democracy and I would seek to respect the majority vote even if I didn't agree with the particular decision.


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Heavy Head

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Leading and working with council to direct city administration in providing soluble actions to seemingly insoluble issues the People of Lethbridge face is the ultimate agenda of council. Not self serving decisions, or gaining political points, but overall increasing the quality of life of the People of this city. Council and administration does not operate within a vacuum devoid of the public. The People are who we are choosing to do this work for, and if any council member does not recognize that, I would question their motives in being there. This is not "a part time job." The lives of almost 100,000 People are affected by the decisions council and city administration make. That is sacred.


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Hoffarth

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The function of the Councilor is to establish direction for Administration to provide relevant Departments with the instructions and considerations that they need to fulfill the task entrusted to them. It is my hope and expectation that our City Departments contain the expertise to perform the functions and services that they are experienced in delivering. Administering the direction of City Council should not require active micro-management by a member of City Council, or a need for external consultation unless the project is completely novel and is clearly beyond the scope of our current resources. Council is accountable to the public to ensure that directions are faithfully executed.


B

 

Hyggen

Answer

It is important for council to follow legislation as it is outlined in the Municipal Government Act. The role of a councillor is to ensure governance by creating policy and making decisions that have positive impact on the City of Lethbridge.


L

 

Iwaskiw

Answer

I see my role as collaborating with my colleagues on council and the city manager to achieve the goals that council agrees upon. We create the policies and procedures and the city manager has his staff implement them. I am not an accountant or an engineer or a lawyer so I have to rely on the expertise of our senior administration and need to have a respectful working relationship with them. I value their knowledge but won't hesitate to question them if I feel we are heading in the wrong direction.


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Janzen

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Layton

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MacLeod

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I see myself as part of the council team of eight plus the Mayor. We meet as a Council to listen to the prepared presentations, to ask questions, and to make effective decisions on taxpayers behalf. I also believe it is important to be visible in the community to hear the feedback on issues and advocate for taxpayers concerns.


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Mauro

Answer

My role is to represent the tax paying public and ensure that communication is open and free, public business must be done and seen to be done publicly. I believe the role of an elected office has two main fundamental principles/rules: democratic representation and principle of accountability. It's simple, citizens have a right to expect the elected members to reflect and represent their views and that elected members are accountable for their actions. Council is the servant of the public and although the majority voice is heard, the minority voice must be considered carefully.


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Mikuliak

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As a newcomer to council, I think it is completely fair to respond to this question by stating that, "I don't even know what I don't know yet!?" That said, I would agree that the role of an elected official in relation to City operations is diverse and complex. I don't believe that there is a piece of legislation that has all of the answers that is for certain. What I do believe is that elected officials are elected and paid to listen actively and effectively, gather evidence and expertise with regard to any issue that comes before them, and after careful study/consultation make decisions that are informed and clear.


R

 

Miyashiro

Answer

Council provides broad, strategic direction for administration. Council also provides oversight of operations without getting involved in the minutiae of day to day tasks. Council seeks answers from administration to provide accurate information to residents and to make informed decisions. Council and administration should have a synergistic relationship, building on the strengths of each body while repecting legislative and functioanal differences.


R

 

Morrell

Answer

I feel it is my duty to help make informed decisions for the operations of the city that best reflect the interests of the city and it's citizens.


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Paladino

Answer

The number one role is to listen to the ratepayers! Before an issue comes to the table, study it! Then hear out your staff and their recommendation. If not satisfied with what is recommended, Council can't be afraid to table it for a bit and ask for another option.


R

 

Parker

Answer

Council's role is to set policy and direction for the corporation. The City Managers role is to implement the goals and objectives of Council within the corporation.


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PEREVERSEFF

Answer

My general characteristics that will be exemplified in my role as City Councillor are: Experienced; Qualified; Proactivity; Reliability; Dedication; Integrity; Motivated; Responsive. I am an excellent communicator and liaison very well in all scenarios. I pride myself on being responsive to enquiries and will strive to provide accurate and timely information. I have worked in a "team" environment in my entire career, this is what is absolutely crucial in being a City Councillor. I have excellent work ethics. I am a people person, and enjoy being out in the public, I will foster a good relationship with business and residents, not only during City Council, but out in the community.


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Pogorzelski

Answer

City council is the voice of our citizens. Our role is to support economic, residential, cultural and environmental developments by working collaboratively and basing our decisions on facts and a realistic risk factor. Our role is also to not only listen to the concerns of community members, but to actively fight for the rights of each citizen.


L

 

Saloff

Answer

Find ways to Bridge the Municipal law unique to the needs of the people of Lethridge.


J

 

Shackleford

Answer

Tax payers want to see that their tax dollars are being utilized as efficiently as possible. I, as a taxpayer, want to get the best "bang" for my buck and I believe all taxpayers do. City personnel are obligated to make the city run as efficiently as possible with the dollars allocated to their respective departments. That must continue but it is up to council to also look at potential revenue streams (other than raising taxes each year) to help top up some budgets that need it every so often.


C

 

Spearman

Answer

The role of an elected official is governance, oversight, and accountability.


J

 

Takahashi

Answer

-Representing the interests of our community. -Focusing on fiscal responsibility. -Ensuring growth and support of essential services. -Supporting administration in the implementation of plans. -Representing marginalized and minority groups to ensure everyone has a voice on council.


B

 

Thurber

Answer

Council sets policy based on their understanding of the public desires to set services levels and targets and the overall direction of the City. Administration is the "how" and implements these policies. My role as an elected official is to listen, consult and create / develop policy as a reflection of community desires. I see my role also as collaborator with different levels of government, partner with business and advocate for those that need a voice.


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Watson

Answer

My role as a councillor would be to not have direct influence over city operations. We can suggest directions through the City Manager and hold the City manager accountable for not meeting citizen expectations. Some actions that can be taken, but are not limited to creating/revising of policies and bylaws to guide operations, but we do not have direct access and control over city operations, as that's the duty of city employees.


D

 

Wiggers

Answer

I see my role as one to interpret the MGA as a whole. To apply the legislation in the best interests of the Citizens. To confer with the Citizens of Lethbridge as well as with other jurisdictions for policies and ideas that could stand to benefit the City of Lethbridge, and bring to Council the same.


R

 

Woss

Answer

I would work to ensure that decisions we make as a Council promote the welfare and interests of the city - its safety, economic and environmental well-being. I'm hoping we elect people who bring a diverse range of expertise to the table so we may have *informed* discussions - share information and recommendations with each other and Operations in order to make the best decisions possible for our community.