Loveland makes council members’ emails accessible online

Reporter-Herald (Loveland):  The city of Loveland has now made City Council members’ emails accessible to the public online.

The City Clerk’s office launched the new publicly-accessible system Wednesday, the same system the city of Fort Collins has used for its City Council emails.

Loveland joins Fort Collins as well as Larimer County in allowing members of the public to see what their elected officials are sending emails about through an online system.

The emails included are only those in councilors’ city email accounts.

“The city will always look for new ways to make our communication and our processes more transparent and accessible to the public,” City Manager Steve Adams said in a news release.

The City Clerk’s Office has been working on the effort with digital access specialist Global Relay for several months before the final release, with four months of training.

“Council dictated to us a while back that we needed a more transparent email process,” said City Clerk Terry Andrews at the training for councilors at their study session July 26.

The old process hasn’t been “terribly user-friendly or terribly transparent,” she said.

Andrews would have to manually move council members’ emails to a temporary inbox within five days, and members of the public could make appointments to go through them if they wanted during normal business hours when she was available.

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