The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines transparent as “free from pretense or deceit, easily detected or seen through, readily understood and characterized by visibility or accessibility of information.”
To me, transparent means being accessible, honest, timely, predictable, coherent, and plausible.
You should be able to reach or meet me.
You should get a response without waiting days or weeks.
You should understand how I think, what my motives are, and what I’ve taken into account to make a decision. My responses should be clear and believable.
You should know what I know. Nothing hidden, nothing behind closed doors.
You should be able to see the connections between the details and the big picture—without being overwhelmed with information (unless, of course, that’s what you want).
To me, transparent means being accountable for my actions. It means developing, sharing, and sticking to comprehensive policies.
These are the principles I adhere to in my professional life, and I’ll bring them to the office of First Selectman.
Sandra Pierog is a current member of the Board of Selectmen and the Democratic candidate for First Selectman. She’s truly #BetterForBolton, and you can find out more about her here.