Given the vocal lack of trust toward the developers in the forums.. I'm going to say that having player representatives is a good move. If nothing else, it disarms some of the rhetoric and lets the community start to discuss objectively the classes needs/wants/shortfalls.
I'm not saying more community involvement is not good, I just see this causing more problems than it solves, although I hope not. But there is also my first point that the reasons they give for doing this conflicts with their reasons for not having polls!