June 23, 2008

Supervisor’s Web Site Informs Area Residents

By Stephanie Sanchez, The Sun, Yuma, Ariz.

Jun. 23--You really want to know what goes on inside the mind of Yuma County Supervisor Russell McCloud?

McCloud said he built a Web site for county residents and specifically residents in District 2 so they can read his blogs about county issues, communicate directly with him by e-mail and receive feedback.

"I was looking for a modern way to communicate with constituents," he said. "I realized that it's difficult, unless there's something written in the paper. You're not really communicating with them directly.

"That way I can do some writing on how I view things, the constituents can respond directly to those viewpoints with me through the Web site's e-mail ... To me it be a good way to get direct feedback."

The Web site at www.russellmccloud.com, which was developed In March, includes everything from current Yuma County topics, McCloud's blogs, board of supervisors news, to links that contain the Yuma County Board of Supervisor meetings.

He notes that the Web site is still a work in progress and invites the public to give him feedback on what tools it should have to better serve their needs.

"It seems like a good way to bring local government issues to the forefront where it's interactive," McCloud said.

McCloud said his blogs usually include a number of different things, from education to illegal dumping. The most current topic he said he'll probably blog about is the solar energy industry.

The Web site is "a way for people to get on and see what I am thinking at the time. It allows them to respond and say, 'Have you thought about this?,' 'I agree with you,' 'I don't agree with you,'" McCloud said. "It's just a way to communicate with people easily."

-- Stephanie Sanchez can be reached at [email protected] or 539-6847.


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