Open government should not be viewed as a hindrance. Rather, officials should treat it as a fundamental obligation on their part.
So it was extremely disappointing to see that one of the first acts of Port Orange’s new city manager was to end the practice of posting his office’s emails on the city’s website daily. That practice was started by then-City Manager Ken Parker in 2010 and proved to be popular. The News-Journal’s Casmira Harrison reported that the manager’s emails were the third-most visited link on the city’s website, behind the home page and customer service, from Sept. 24, 2014 through Sept. 23, 2015.