Identify a local government and read the annual report or similar document.

Answers the following questions using memorandum format

What type of structure is used?

*Identify the departments (using an organization chart).

On the political side, what is the head of council called?

*Is this post elected at large? How are the council members elected?   How many councilors are there?

Identify one current political issue that is on the political agenda.

*Identify a few key stakeholders that have a position in that issue. 

*Identify and discuss the 21st century factors impacting the leaders in your local government structure.

Heading

o The heading of memorandums is designed to allow a reader to understand what he or she is looking at, and decide quickly whether he or she should read it. The heading has four or five parts, appearing in this order.

The “subject line” should be brief, but clear.  

To:

From: 

Subject: 

Date: 

cc: 

Purpose

o  A very direct opening like “The purpose of this memo is to …” is perfectly acceptable.  

Summary

o The summary is a brief recounting of the entire memo, including discussion/background, conclusions, and recommendation. Its placement as the second section allows a reader who does not need to know the details to stop reading.  

Background/Discussion

o The discussion/background describes the method by which the conclusion was reached. This section provides details of the subject and the justification for the conclusion.  It is directed to those who need to know details.  Conclusion

o This makes some sort of conclusion from the issues and problems described in the “Background/Discussion” section. It also describes where you intend to go from here 

Reference Page  and citation in APA Format

minimum of three (3) pages and maximum of five (5) pages

 

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