Woman awarded for keeping local government information open to public

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A woman was honored Friday for her pursuit of keeping her local government open to the public.

The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government presented its 2017 Friend of Open Government award to Debbie Miller of Independence, Kansas.

The group says Miller has pressed her local government for openness over the past several years. They say one instance, when she pressed for a copy of the form the city uses to evaluate the city manager's job performance, stood out to them.

"I cannot tell you on so many levels how much this means to me," Miller said. "Because when you work really hard to keep government open and somebody recognizes it, it always feels good, especially since a lot of what you get is criticism for doing it."

Miller says she hopes the Sunshine Coalition continues its work for an open government.