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June 23, 2014

Kinser active on council's priorities

CLINTON — Nearly two months after finalizing the city of Clinton’s strategic plan, numerous projects based on those goals are beginning to work their way onto the council’s agenda.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser said she has taken the council’s objectives seriously after the plan took more than four months to be finalized. Now that specific items are spelled out, she’s pleased with her administration’s progress on tackling a number of items.

“We’re really just two months into this, and I feel like we’re on track,” Kinser said. “I’ve done what I intended to do, which was be ambitious from the starting point. I want these actions to be very deliberative. I’m not doing something which the council hasn’t already acted on and told me is a priority.”

Two of the biggest priorities labeled by city leaders were to redesign the city’s website and to establish an organized committee to comb through Clinton’s finances. Those initiatives are set to take major steps within the next month. The council issued a request for proposals for the website on June 10 and will read a finance committee ordinance on Tuesday.

Other items — creating a whistleblower policy, steps toward governmental openness, eliminating certain subcommittees — have also received council ruling or at least significant attention. Kinser credited a reformatted strategic plan structure as the basis for why the city is taking strides toward seeing the goals through.

“I saw how well this worked in another organization,” she said, holding up a sheet listing the goals. Each item has a date affixed for when she expects to complete them. The council has created strategic plans in years passed, but the new format puts the city on deadline.

“We do need deadlines,” Kinser said. “We do need thing to keep us on track. It’s increasing the accountability of myself to my bosses on the council and accountability for the council to the citizens.”

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