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News and Updates from
DeKalb Citizens Advocacy Council

July 26, 2020  Volume 1: Issue 17

Hello Supporters

We are pleased to report that efforts to strengthen ethics in DeKalb County continue to move in the right direction.  In early June, and without much fanfare, the Board of Commissioners unanimously passed (and the CEO signed) a resolution that strengthens the financial disclosure requirements for employees and public officials with discretionary authority and influence over public funds and contracts.  In the past, lower level employees were forbidden to accept gifts from vendors doing business with the County, but senior employees were exempt from such regulations.
 
The new ordinance will require division heads and directors to annually disclose gifts, honoraria, and services they receive from any person or entity doing business with the County or seeking official action by the County.  The County’s Finance Director will be charged with the administration of the annual filing of reports, and the reports will be a matter of public record. 

The revised Financial Disclosure Ordinance, which was sponsored by the Board of Commissioners’ Finance, Audit and Budget (FAB) Committee, has been a work in progress over the course of the past several years after The Hartmann Firm reported that the procurement process in DeKalb County was ripe for abuse.
 
 A copy of the resolution can be found at this link:

https://mcusercontent.com/c55018648b5e8bc724815a47f/files/dd4f434d-b65c-4402-96b4-ca48c9049231/Financial_Disclosure_Resolution_2019_3360.pdf



 
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