NEW ORLEANS - In her role as Chair, Councilmember Palmer has directed the Governmental Affairs (GA) Committee to review and address long-standing issues within the city's more than 75 boards and commissions. The Council Research Division will assist in finding inconsistencies and recommend necessary changes to boards or commissions to ensure they are in compliance with the City Charter.
"It is important to recognize citizens who serve New Orleans by volunteering on one of the city's boards and commissions, but it's also imperative that we provide proper oversight to the way these organizations function and operate," said Councilmember Palmer. "Many of the boards and commissions have been forgotten, neglected or overlooked for years, and we must enact good governance reforms where appropriate."
The GA Committee will focus on three major issues:
- Improper Term Limits and Lengths for Board members
- Inconsistent Attendance at Board Meetings
- Charter Rule Violations
Councilmember Palmer continued saying, "In order to facilitate this request, I have authorized Council Research to send formal requests to each of the city's Boards and Commissions, asking them to complete a background questionnaire which includes information such as current membership, articles of incorporation, budget, and attendance records. By conducting a transparent process, I hope the public will better understand these bodies' functions and how they affect our citizens' daily lives."
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District 'C'