Keeping in touch with elected officials

Commission and council meetings for Catoosa County, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe can be viewed online.

Elected officials are, ideally, the liaisons between citizens and government. They are the vehicle through which citizens can express their concerns and make a difference in government.

Here’s a short guide to help you communicate with your elected officials and see how public meetings work. You can find more information by visiting each government's website.

Catoosa County (catoosa.com)

The county's website provides email addresses for each commission member and for the chairman of the commission. The phone number listed for each commissioner is the central number for the county. A direct number is listed for the chairman.

Commission meetings are posted on YouTube. A link can be found on the county website.

Board of Commissioners' meetings, which are open to the public, are held the first and third Tuesdays each month at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building, 800 Lafayette Street, Ringgold.

Any citizen may speak at a commission meeting on any subject for five minutes. No advance notice is required. The commissioners may extend a citizen’s allotted time if they feel the situation merits it.

The city's website provides email addresses for all council members and for the mayor and direct phone numbers for the mayor and all but one council member.

City Council meetings, which are open to the public, are held the second and fourth Mondays each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 150 Tennessee Street, Ringgold.

Council meetings can be viewed on the city's website. Bonus: Viewers can click on many of the agenda items printed below the videos and skip directly to those parts of the meeting.

Any citizen may speak at a council meeting on any subject. There is no time limit and no advance notice is required.

Fort Oglethorpe (fortogov.com)

The city's website provides email addresses for each council member and the mayor. The phone number provided for each is the central city number with the individual official’s extension.

Council meetings can be viewed on the city's website.

Council meetings, which are open to the public, are held the second and fourth Mondays each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 500 City Drive, Fort Oglethorpe.

To speak at a council meeting, citizens must contact the city clerk (706-866-2544, ext. 1300) no later than 4:30 p.m. the Thursday before the meeting at which they wish to speak. They must give their name and the subject on which they wish to speak, and that information is passed on to the city manager for review. At the council meeting the citizen will have five minutes to speak. The mayor or council may extend that time.

Elected officials in Catoosa County, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe can also be contacted by old-fashioned letter (see websites for addresses), and citizens can often speak with officials in person after public meetings. Is there something you’d like to share with your elected representatives? It’s never been easier to do it.