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Wed March 28, 2012
Lexington Government Seeks Citizens' Advocate
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Wanted: someone who knows about the city of Lexington and local government, is a good listener, and is resourceful.
Lexington’s urban county government is searching for a new Citizens’ Advocate. The position, which is required by the LFUCG charter, has been filled on interim basis since November.
For the past several weeks a search committee representing the city’s 12 districts has been working on the hiring process. Search committee chair James Frazier says although the position is part-time, it’s important.
“Every citizen needs to feel like they have a voice. And if they’re having a complaint with the council, with the mayor, with the garbage collector, whatever it is, they have to have a place to go. And they have to have someone who listens, who’s able to at least hear their problems and try to help them.”
The Citizens' Advocate addresses public concerns which can range from social issues, problems with government departments, or neighborhood complaints.
The position of citizens’ advocate has been filled on an interim basis since November. A review applications is currently underway.