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Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Meisner - Shared screen with speaker view
Theresa S.
09:27
Thank you for putting this panel on. It's an important topic
Rep. Connie Bernardy
11:55
I just got in. Thanks for hosting this meeting.
Jessica Lacher
12:39
Thank you for joining us Rep Bernardy!
Rep. Connie Bernardy
14:12
You are welcome.
Laura Hannah
15:04
It is nice to have some PTS representation in Anoka County!
Wes Volkenant
18:36
Thank you to all of the elected officials attending tonight, as well as Professor Schultz and the Running Aces representatives.
Laura Hannah
24:15
We all do better when we know what the boundaries and expectations are to be part of a community or team.
Danylle Peardon
25:54
Thank You all for being here
Theresa S.
30:18
Laura, I agree. If nothing else, it helps prevent arguing about where the lines are.
Degha Shabbeleh
30:46
Thank you Professor Schultz
David schultz
31:51
Thank you for the opportunity. Email: dschultz@hamline.edu
Danylle Peardon
36:51
Great Point
Laura Hannah
44:19
I agree. I am a clergy person. I expect to be held to a higher standard. I think we should hope that our politicians can be role models.
Christopher Geisler
01:01:34
As someone who has handled sensitive data (IT Security) and procurement (Buying) at a multi-national corporation, My peers and I have to take a Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics training every year. On top of that it was AUDITED to ensure that everyone in these sensitive positions AND positions of leadership completed the training fully and on-time. Ethics and Conduct starts with a tone at the top.
Wes Volkenant
01:05:06
There you go, Mandy - Washington and Dakota County models to base language for Anoka County.
Kathy & Noel
01:06:15
Support needs to come from all citizens to make this happen. Wes.
Brad Johnson
01:06:43
David, there are a good, fair number of old-fashioned perspectives in this Town Hall. That's why we're here. :-)
David schultz
01:07:27
I need to go but thank you for the opportunity.
Kathy & Noel
01:07:48
Thank you
Paula Mohr
01:07:58
Thank you, Professor!
Jessica Lacher
01:08:03
Thank you Professor Schultz!
Danylle Peardon
01:08:05
Thanks
Ashton Ramsammy
01:08:05
Thank you Professor Schultz for your wonderful presentation and your answers!
Erik Skogquist - Anoka City Council
01:08:07
Thanks you Prof. Schultz, it has been very helpful!
Wes Volkenant
01:08:13
If any of our local press are here, I would want to follow-up with Steve Forseth and his comments on the inappropriate actions happening with those Columbia Heights Council members. And for the newly-elected Mayor of Columbia Heights, as a person of color, you certainly have a great challenge working with such narrow-minded fellow Councilmembers!
Jane Covart
01:08:15
Thank you Professor!
Paula Mohr
01:10:28
Mandy, thank you for bringing up the point of voting a commissioner out next election. Given that we just had one, it will be a long four years to deal with conduct unbecoming of a county commissioner... :(
Mike Gamache
01:11:59
Thank you Professor Schultz for your insight and knowledge of the issue.
Andrew Hoffman
01:16:36
Implementing a code of ethics should not be controversial.
Wes Volkenant
01:17:19
Paula - we're interested to see if the Census affects County Board districts enough to put any of the 2020 electees into a new 2022 race. Otherwise, the three seats up in 2022 are: Meisner's, Gamache's and Schulte's, and we don't know if any are NOT running yet.
Brad Johnson
01:18:47
Mandy, you might consider mentioning it at a future countywide elected officials meeting.
Jane Covart
01:19:16
Thank you Running Aces!
Rep. Connie Bernardy
01:19:42
Thank you again for doing this meeting.
Wes Volkenant
01:22:24
Good point, Mandy. Ethics IS non-partisan!
Andrew Hoffman
01:25:04
Commissioner Gamache, as an Andover resident I am glad to see you on this town hall. I hope you too support the implementation of a code of ethics.
Paula Mohr
01:25:32
Here's part of Stearns County's code of ethics:Stearns County embraces the following values:Professional: We are ethical, reliable, accountable for our actions, and strive for continuous improvement.Approachable: We are eager to serve, friendly, helpful, and treat everyone with respect and dignity.Responsive: We serve our clients and customers with a keen awareness of their needs.Collaborative: We serve the public best with teamwork and community partnerships.Fair & Equitable: We strive to eliminate disparities and provide impartial assistance to our employees and the people we serve.In alignment with these values, the Stearns County Board expects committee members to maintain a respectful work and public service environment. Members of the Stearns County Board of Commissioners and all Stearns County Committees shall act in a professional, respectful and lawful manner at all times while performing their duties and any time they are representing Stearns County. ….
Jessica Lacher
01:26:21
For anyone who did not have their question answered by Prof Schultz before he needed to head out, here is his email address again for you to follow up directly with him: dschultz@hamline.edu
Wes Volkenant
01:26:25
Thanks for sharing, Paula!
Paula Mohr
01:26:46
The Stearns County Board of Commissioners will not tolerate disrespectful or unprofessional behavior towards constituents, members of the public, employees, or other elected officials. The following rules of conduct shall apply to all County Board meetings and Board appointed committee meetings:Committee Operation• Adopt Robert’s Rules of Order for the conduct of committee business. Assemble an agenda to guide the business of the committee.• The Chairperson of each committee is responsible, along with the Members, with ensuring these rules of conduct are adhered to by the committee members. This includes the holding of a conversation with any committee members not adhering to the Code of Conduct. If inappropriate behaviors are not resolved, then the member may be subject to removal by the County Board.....
Mike Gamache
01:27:36
Thank you to all the panelists and attendees for participating tonight. This was a great discussion with some interesting ideas of possible steps that can be taken as we move forward on adopting a code of conduct.
Paula Mohr
01:28:20
Committee Decorum• Members respect the majority vote of body, and do not undermine or sabotage implementation of ordinances, policies, and rules passed by the majority.• Members respect, and do not belittle, the minority opinions and votes of Members who are not part of the majority vote on key issues.• Members respect the dignity of all individuals.• Members allow citizens, staff, and colleagues sufficient opportunity to present their views. Be tolerant, respectful and attentive. Avoid comments, body language or distracting activity that conveys disrespect for presentations from citizens, staff or colleagues.• Members are respectful when there are differences of opinion and listen openly to all members points of view.• Members refrain from using profane, threatening or abusive language.• Members are courteous in their dealings, and do not interrupt other Members, the Staff, or Citizens when they are speaking.• Members focus on issues, not personalities and avoid questioning motives....
Jessica Lacher
01:28:35
Thank you for being here, too, Commissioner Gamache!
Brad Johnson
01:28:57
Thanks Mandy, panelists, and attendees.
Paula Mohr
01:28:58
Thank you so much for hosting this!
Rep. Connie Bernardy
01:29:21
so wo derf
Steve Forseth
01:29:21
Let's all start an Anoka County Ethics Committee, and let's start Ethics Committees in our respective cities, and hold our city council members accountable.
Megan
01:29:30
Thank you for putting this together Mandy, you're a great leader for our community.
Kathy & Noel
01:29:35
Thank you for bringing this topic to the public and moving this forward.
Jane Covart
01:29:38
Thank you Commissioner Meisner for putting this together!
Danylle Peardon
01:29:52
Thanks again
Rep. Connie Bernardy
01:30:19
It is so wonderful so many people attended this evening. Good evening!
Sue Dergantz
01:30:26
this was wonderful ; thank you for organizing Commissioner Meissner!
Degha Shabbeleh
01:31:39
Thank you!
John LeTourneau
01:31:43
Thanks Commissioner Meisner! Great grass roots effort to bring this issue forward! Thank you everyone!
Wes Volkenant
01:31:51
Thank you, all!
Ashton Ramsammy
01:31:54
Thank you for putting this entire presentation together!