Ombudsman representatives from around the globe will gather at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln October 15 through 17 for the 35th annual conference of the United States Ombudsman Association (USOA). The USOA is North America's oldest national ombudsman organization dedicated to the promotion of fairness, accountability, equality and justice in government through the public sector ombudsman.
Registration for the conference is open, and membership in the association is not required to attend. More information is available at usombudsman.org.
"It is a privilege to host this conference, with our Ombudsman, Lin Quenzer," Mayor Beutler said. "This is an opportunity to show Lincoln's support for the transparency and openness Ombudsmen bring to the agencies they serve."
Quenzer has been the City of Lincoln Ombudsman since the position was established in 1999. She administers the City's online citizen interface (lincoln.ne.gov, keyword: action) and facilitates meetings between constituents and City staff to mediate resolutions to problems. As the City's Title VI/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Co-Coordinator, she investigates discrimination allegations by the public. Quenzer also is the Mayor's LGBT Liaison to the public.
The theme of this year's conference is "The Modern Ombudsman: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities." Lincoln City Council Member Carl Eskridge will give welcome remarks, and State Senator Ernie Chambers will deliver the keynote address. In addition to the conference program, two pre-conference workshops are scheduled: