Before joining her role in Pinal County, Kennedy served as a Deputy Clerk in DeKalb County, Georgia, where board meeting live streaming and records were handled by internal staff. But when she arrived in Pinal, she discovered that the Board was using the Swagit service, now part of Granicus’ govMeetings product.
“Serving previously in a local government that performed all these duties in house, and knowing and seeing the manpower and hours that go into the livestreaming and recording of board meetings, I really came to appreciate the system we have here at Pinal County,” she said.
Working with the Swagit team as an outside partner not only provides expertise in the technical aspects of producing a high-quality live video stream for public meetings, but also makes it easier to meet mandates for public reporting. Kennedy mentioned that a compliance statute that sets a mandatory public inspection date for meeting minutes is easily met thanks to Swagit meeting recordings.
“It’s mandatory that we make those available to the public within three working days after the meeting,” she said. “Swagit provides access to our meeting recordings within 24 hours after adjournment. This helps ensure our community is promptly informed of our board actions.”
Knowing the importance of increased transparency to their community, Pinal upgraded their Swagit equipment and resources in 2018 to make sure that the highest-quality services were being provided to residents.
“As a viewer of live streaming and recorded board meetings, I am impressed by the level of effort and resources that Swagit puts into this solution,” Kennedy said. “It’s clear that if this was a process done in-house at Pinal County, a lot of manpower and hours would need to be dedicated to ensuring a seamless experience for our community. I appreciate the efficient and effective system we have in place with Swagit.”