215 SW ADAMS, MS 32
Hillsboro, Or 97123
Sheriff Pat Garrett
Hi remember me? This is Juliana Putney and I’m doing an assignment for my writing class which includes writing to a government official within my theme. Right now I am researching how public officials are held accountable. And I have recently discovered that parole officers and other officers are not regularly checked up on unless there is a complaint filed about them.
I personally have a problem with this. I have personally had experiences where a parole officer failed to do their job and someone was allowed to get away with more criminal actions on top of their already growing criminal record. I know plenty of officers, detectives, sheriffs, state troopers, etc… All of these people that I talked to have confirmed that there are no disciplinary actions performed until a formal complaint have has been filed.
There has to be something that can be done to keep officials aware that they will be held accountable whether a complaint is made or not. If nothing can be done about that at least the public should be aware that if they notice an official out of line, it isn’t until a complaint is made that anything will be done about that certain official. I’m not saying that something drastic needs to happen; only that something needs to be done so that our community knows that their officials are being held accountable for their actions and choices.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Research Question: How are public officials kept accountable?
Stapenhurst, Rick, and Mitchell O’Brien. “Accountability in Governance.” Worldbank.org. World Bank, n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2012.
Summary: Stapenhurst and O’Brien are covering the different types of accountability in the government. They also talk about how the different types of accountability fit into different places within the government. An example given in this article is where officials are required, when called upon to show proof of their decisions or justify them this is called answerability. One of the other types of accountability is where an official caught with bad or offensive behavior is held to their accountability to the effect where they are shadowed or deeply integrated this is known as enforcement. These are only two of the examples but they give lots of ideas that help with my research.
Commentary: This page was really helpful, knowing lots of types of accountability helped me to realize that even though the public may not be able to witness the different types of accountability their officials are involved in, doesn’t mean that they aren’t being held accountable.
Rosenbaum, Allan. “Good Governance, Accountability and the Public Servant.” Un.org. Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Professor of Public Administration, n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2012.
Summary: In this piece Rosenbaum talks about how accountability affects the community and how so many are expected to be accountable within their own job descriptions. The point of this paper is arguing the importance accountability of government officials.
Commentary: I know that this is an important aspect for all public officials to have. So I found this piece very interesting, as well as all the examples given throughout the piece. It helps a person to better understand the idea behind accountability.
N’Jai, Jacquelyn. “Petitioning the U.S. Center.” Change.org. N.p., 2012. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.change.org/petitions/the-u-s-senate-make-judges-and-other-public-officials-accountable-for-violating-the-law>.
Summary: This site is actually a petition not an article, this petition is created on the idea that judges and other government officials being held to the same standards as every other working individual.
Commentary: It is really interesting to read different people’s ideas about officials that are not held accountable and some officials that these people believe are not held at such standards are judges and police officers. There are so many types of officials mentioned in this petition site that it is hard to generalize all of the officials that are or aren’t held accountable by those in charge of them.
Gregory, Robert. “ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY AND CORRUPTION: MANAGING THE.” Un.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2012.
Summary: This piece was mostly about corruption within the officials and different companies that are more likely to be held accountable then other ones. A lot of the examples given in this piece make you understand why it is hard to keep full accountability of some officials depending on their jobs.
Commentary: This piece helps to clarify the difficulties with keeping some companies accountable, it makes you really think about doubting government officials and all that they do for us.