The Washington Coalition for Open Government today announced that several expert presenters will comprise the faculty at its Open Government Leadership Institute planned for May 1 to 3, 2009 at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way.
"Each instructor is a leader in his field. Participants in the Institute will receive theoretical as well as practical information on open government issues that they can take back to their agencies. This knowledge will help government bodies avoid costly lawsuits and bad public relations by stopping problems before they start," stated Institute coordinator Patience Rogge.
Instructors for the Institute include attorneys Duane Swinton of Spokane, Ramsey Rammerman of Seattle, Assistant Attorney General Tim Ford of Olympia, William J. Crittenden of Seattle; WCOG president and former 45th District Representative Toby Nixon of Kirkland; political scientist Chris Leman of Seattle; and journalist David Seago of Tacoma.
Richard M. Sepler, Port Townsend Planning Director will serve as facilitator. State Auditor Brian Sonntag will deliver the keynote address.
The Institute is designed to provide intensive training to 36 selected government officials from all levels of Washington government agencies in dealing with open meetings and public records issues. Each participant will receive an "Open Government Leader" certificate on completion of the Institute.
Deadline for applications is January 15, 2009 and details are available on the web at http://washingtoncog.org/ogli.htm
The Washington Coalition for Open Government is a non-partisan, non- profit organization of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting accessible and accountable government in Washington through the observance of the state's open meetings and public records laws and regulations. For more information, contact Elly Snow, executive director at WCOG 6351 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2664, phone 206.622.8425 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org