The transition of power begins for the Colorado governor's office.
Governor-elect Jared Polis won't start his position as chief executive of Colorado's government until January. But in preparation for his inauguration, a series of seven town hall meetings will be held via telephone and a webinar for his future constituents to weigh in.
The meetings start Wednesday, Nov. 28, and continue over a two-week period. The public will be able to ask questions and share their challenges on topics ranging from transportation and economic development, to public safety and education.
The town halls can be accessed through Polis’ transition website. Participants will have more opportunities for engagement if they join online, such as being able to ask questions in real time. Phone attendees will still be given the opportunity to ask questions, but their queries will be filtered in through email and text message after the meetings.
The series kicks off with a focus on consumer services, such as the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, and closes with a meeting on economic development.
- Consumer Services - Nov. 28
- Transportation, Infrastructure and Local Affairs - Nov. 29
- Energy, Natural Resources and Agriculture - Dec. 1
- Public Safety, Military and Corrections - Dec. 3
- Health and Human Services - Dec. 5
- Education - Dec. 5
- Economic Development and Labor - Dec. 8
Coloradans can go even further than just providing feedback to Polis' transition team by volunteering to become a member of one of the transition team's subcommittees.
"An important part of the transition subcommittees' work is to solicit public input on how to improve the way state government operates in order to enhance the quality of life and expand opportunity for all Coloradans," Polis spokeswoman Mara Sheldon said in a press release.
In tandem to the town hall meetings, Polis' transition committee will also regularly update the public on recruitment efforts to fill the governor-elect's cabinet.