Municipalist is on hiatus. We began in 2007 on a mission to profile individuals in local, state, and federal government who use blogging and other Internet social tactics to engage with citizens. We aimed to become a resource and a place of inspiration. As the list to your immediate left shows, we were linked to by top media, top bloggers, and top government sites. Some of our favorite posts are here. We feel like we owe somebody at Federal Computer Week a dinner for all the nice things that publication said about Municipalist. We thank everyone. Special thanks: Bev Godwin, Nancy Sternberg, Steve Ressler of GovLoop, NASA, and every member of a city council or local school board or state legislature who took the time to share his or her story. We also had a great time at several National School Boards Association annual national conferences presenting about blogging to very supportive audiences of dedicated public servants seeking news ways to connect with their communities. We are not going away for good. Other projects are demanding our attention presently.
Though regular blog posts will cease, we have set our Q & A index page here as our default. This list is of Q & A's by Municipalist with creators and editors of publically-accessible blogs and citizen-engagement Web projects based in the public sector, and not of all blogs and sites referenced. All but a few of these are by those working in government.
• David Saranga, Consul for Media and Public Affairs, Consulate General of Israel, New York City: Jan. 28, 2009. Video: Posted June 19, 2009.
• Mihnea Dumitru, Romania, formerly with Romanian National Security Department: Sept. 22, 2008.
• Jeremy Gould, U.K. Ministry of Justice: Aug. 26, 2008.
• Lord Clive Soley of Hammersmith, House of Lords, Great Britain: May 27, 2008. Also May 2, 2008.
• Damien Blake, city councillor, Letterkenny, Ireland: Oct. 16, 2007. Also Nov. 2, 2007.
Steve Harrelson, Arkansas House majority leader: Dec. 3, 2007.
Wally Bobkiewicz, city manager, Santa Paula: Oct. 21, 2007.
John Creighton, school board, St. Vrain Valley School District: Jan. 10, 2008.
• Wendy Day, school board, Howell: January 5, 2009.
Matt Hiebert, Web manager, Missouri Department of Transportation: Sept. 9, 2008.
Don Scott, former school board member, Westchester County: Jan. 3, 2008.
Sally Greene, town council, Chapel Hill: March 17, 2008.
Dave Hutchinson, board of school directors, State College Area School District: Dec. 30, 2007.
Fred Deutsch, Watertown school board: March 29, 2008.
Mike Falick, school board, Spring Branch Independent School District: Jan. 9, 2008.
Utah GovCast, Dave Fletcher, Utah state CTO: Oct. 15, 2008.
• Richmond Sunlight, Waldo Jaquith, creator, Charlottesville: March 11, 2008.
• John Stevens, school board, Loudoun County Public Schools: Main profile is Nov. 6, 2007. Stevens also referenced Feb. 6, 2008, June 19, 2008, and Oct. 3, 2008.
Robert Voigt, senior planner, Oak Harbor: June 3, 2008.
• Bob Jacobs, NASA deputy assistant administrator for public affairs: July 22, 2009.
• GovLoop founder Steve Ressler, Department of Homeland Security: Aug. 18, 2008. Also July 23, 2008.
• Sunlight Foundation, Gabriela Schneider: Aug. 21, 2008.
• Rafael LaMaitre, Pushing Back, Office of National Drug Control Policy: August 1, 2008. Also Jan. 6, 2009.
• Nancy Sternberg, Business.gov: March 25, 2008.
• Matt Raymond, Library of Congress Blog: Feb. 13, 2008.
• Bev Godwin, director, USA.gov and Gov Gab: Dec. 11, 2007.
• Andy Barr, co-editor, The Hill's Congress Blog: Nov. 28, 2007.