The mayor of Rapid City is sharing copies of the official correspondence between his office and the city council with local media outlets. Steve Allender is a first time mayor, and former Rapid City police Chief. He says he hopes the move will increase public participation.
Those who champion open government call this a rare move that is good for transparency.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says he will try this experiment of sharing his official correspondence for about half a year, to see what results, if any, it produces.