While the uncertainties around COVID-19 has put a damper on in-person interactions, it has pushed many to utilize existing technologies and further e-services.

Southlake’s City Secretary’s Office took the lead with digital projects within their own department and assisting other departments, all while working remotely themselves. The CSO assisted HR with Laserfiche training to create 12 digital forms for internal use.

“The push for government accessibility electronically is something we embrace,” City Secretary Amy Shelley said. “As Southlake employees, we value innovation to help improve the community we serve.”

Because citizen participation in meetings is highly valued, the CSO developed a digital public comment card for citizens to express their views electronically for virtual or in-person meetings during the pandemic.

The CSO also amended a Records Management Program ordinance to support the importance of maintaining the City’s records and business continuity, to be submitted to Council for approval later this fall.

They’ve also dedicated time to professional development and improving processes and procedures for the ever-changing environment COVID-19 has thrown at the community.

“We’ve accomplished great things while working remotely. This was all possible because of the exceptional team, who are dedicated to making Southlake a better place to live and work,” Shelley said.

At the City of Southlake, we believe that innovation, teamwork and a commitment to excellence is critical to shaping the future of the community.

We’re looking for a few good people who value our commitment integrity, innovation, accountability, excellence and teamwork to serve our world-class community on one of our boards and commissions. Are you interested?

Our boards and commissions help us impact Southlake in a positive way and enrich our community.

The Mayor and City Council will be making appointments to the Building Board of Appeals, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Southlake Parks and Development Corporation, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment on June 16, 2020.

If you’re interested in helping the City of Southlake, complete an application online here! No need to come into Town Hall. Applications must be received by May 1, 2020.

You can also mail your application to: City of Southlake, City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Main Street, Suite 270, Southlake, TX 76092, email it to: dmarino@ci.southlake.tx.us or fax it to: 817-748-8270.

Each board and commission appointment is for two years, unless you are appointed to fulfill a vacancy for an unexpired term.

If you currently serve on a board or commission, you will need to reapply for your position if your term is ending and you desire to continue to serve.

If you have questions about serving on a board or commission or the appointment process, visit our website or call the City Secretary’s Office at: 817-748-8183.

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