Ac­count­abil­ity miss­ing at City Hall

Edmonton Journal - - EDITORIAL -

There has been lots of public­ity and many ideas put for­ward re­gard­ing cross­walks, how­ever the one thing that is miss­ing is man­age­ment and ac­count­abil­ity by those in the City of Ed­mon­ton charged with this is­sue.

As long as the is­sue is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity in city man­age­ment and city coun­cil, the prob­lem will never go away. Shared re­spon­si­bil­ity is not how things change.

The so­lu­tion is to place the re­spon­si­bil­ity in one per­son’s hands. Se­lect some­one with au­thor­ity, abil­ity to con­nect di­rectly with the pub­lic and re­search ca­pa­bil­ity to find other cities who have solved the is­sue. En­sure the ob­jec­tives are agreed on with the city man­ager and coun­cil and are clear and achiev­able.

If the ob­jec­tives are not reached, then the per­son se­lected and his or her boss both lose their jobs. Un­til we have ac­count­abil­ity, we will con­tinue to have tragedy and un­told in­juries for no good rea­son.

Allen Futcher, Sher­wood Park


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