Jason Axelrod

Content Producer,
American City & County

Jason Axelrod is an award-winning journalist who has written and reported for The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Business Journal and Mother Nature Network, among other news outlets. Jason holds a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from The University of Georgia. 


Cities governed by mayors contemplate switching to city manager model of government
Some municipalities with strong-mayor forms of government are discussing switching their governance paradigms to include a city manager that will shoulder some of the responsibilities in handling municipal affairs.
Pit bull-specific prohibitions end in several cities
The pit bull is finally getting some love in as some governments lift restrictions on the canine breed this month.
Anchorage becomes first U.S. city to vote down transgender ’bathroom bill’ proposition
On April 3, Alaska’s largest city became the first municipality in the country to vote down a proposition that, would have required people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that corresponded to their gender at birth.
Two lawsuits accuse Cincinnati council members of violating local, state law in holding private meetings
Two recent lawsuits accuse Cincinnati council members of holding illegal, private meetings related to the employment status of Cincinnati's city manager.
Illinois village's assault weapons ban challenged in county court days after introduction
Days after the village of Deerfield, Ill. instituted a ban on assault weapons, it’s being challenged in court.
Rescuing the rescuers
Department-managed support programs are helping first responders address mental health concerns.
Local governments publicly oppose California sanctuary laws
Not all local governments in California agree with the state’s new immigration policies.
Ransomware attack causes outages across Atlanta city servers
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating a ransomware attack that struck Atlanta city servers on March 22.
Georgia investigating former Atlanta mayor’s press office for potential violations of state open records act
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting a probe into potential violations of the Georgia Open Records Act on the part of the Atlanta government.
Local police identify Austin bombings suspect, who killed himself as police closed in
The suspect behind the recent string of bombings in Austin, Texas blew himself up on March 21 after Austin police identified him and moved in to apprehend him.
Pennsylvania city mayor convicted in corruption trial
On March 1, longtime Allentown, Pa. Mayor Ed Pawlowski was convicted of 47 federal crimes in a corruption trial.
Upstate New York city becomes first to place moratorium on new cryptocurrency mining
Plattsburgh, N.Y. has become the first U.S. city to place a moratorium on commercial mining of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Report: 267 Ohio public entities were issued 321 citations in 2017 for violating public records laws
The Ohio Auditor of State recently released a report that shows that 261 Ohio public entities were cited for violating public records laws in 2017, which is a decrease from last year’s numbers.
Over 100 local public entities in Michigan found to have underfunded retirement benefits
In the wake of a new Michigan pension law, the state’s department of treasury revealed that over 110 of 490 local Michigan governments have underfunded pensions or retirement health care benefits.
5 municipal judges denied reappointment following Austin performance review
As a result of the city’s first performance review of sitting municipal judges, the Austin, Texas, City Council voted to not re-appoint five judges.

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