2012-20132012-2013 Fall/WinterFall/Winter - City of West Palm Beach

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2012-20132012-2013 Fall/WinterFall/Winter - City of West Palm Beach

Greetings West Palm Beach!

When I took office as Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach, I promised a more

open, transparent administration. It has always been my belief that a government

truly for the people should be accessible by the people. Achieving that goal has

taken many forms.

We have restructured many of the City’s departments to make them more

user-friendly. I’ve directed my planning department to streamline operations to

make it easier for developers and others wanting to invest in our city to more

easily navigate city government. Most recently, the City welcomed a new Chief

of Police who is committed to further improving and strengthening the bonds

between officers and residents.

Chief Vincent Demasi served almost four decades in the Cincinnati police department. He worked his way up

through the ranks to Assistant Chief of the department. We are fortunate to have him here in West Palm Beach,

and I am looking forward to seeing our officers achieve even greater success under his leadership.

In this digital-driven world the promise to provide open, transparent, and accessible government should include

venturing into the world of social media. The City of West Palm Beach was just recognized by the Public

Technology Institute (PTI) as a leader in the innovative application of Web 2.0 technologies and civic/social media

tools. We are one of only ten jurisdictions in the U.S. – including one of only four municipalities – to be honored

with this distinction. The award recognizes innovative uses of Web 2.0 applications and social media tools to

engage citizens, improve efficiency and increase accountability. I am very proud of the efforts by our IT team,

and I have heard from so many residents how helpful and useful our recent improvements have been. Now it’s

time to take the next step in utilizing social media to throw open the cyber-windows on government.

On Monday, September 24 th , we hosted our first Twitter Town Hall. Beginning at 7:00 pm, I was on the City’s

Twitter account, @westpalmbch, answering your questions about government, my vision for the future of West

Palm Beach, and anything else that you wanted to ask about our city. I am excited about the opportunity this

presented to allow us to directly communicate with one another, and have a candid, open dialogue about the

city. I will always do my best to answer all your questions, but I would ask that you try to select issues that affect

us all, and are not specific to you individually. This way, we ensure that the discussion remains relevant to all

those who join us.

The Twitter Town Hall is a new experiment. If residents believe it was worthwhile, I am hoping to make it a

regular event. Success depends on your participation, so I encourage you to go online and join the conversation.

Follow the city twitter account, @westpalmbch, for up-to-date news about our beautiful city. See you online!

Just remember, as you start to plan your activities…It Starts in Parks!

Sincerely,

Mayor Jeri Muoio

2 www.westpalmplays.com

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