Ethics Panel Seeks Citizen Comments
Feedback on Preliminary Recommendations
May 24, 2013
The City of Tallahassee Ethics Advisory Panel will hold a Town Hall Discussion on Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. at City Hall, to hear citizen comments on preliminary recommendations from the panel. The recommendations on reporting procedures, financial disclosure, voting conflicts, procurement policy, lobbyist registration and post service employment are now available for review on the City's website, Talgov.com. The Advisory Panel will meet at 5 p.m. on May 29 to form additional recommendations on training, code of ethics and oversight authority.
"The panel has spent months listening to experts and members of the public, as well as researching best practices. We have drafted recommendations in key areas and want to share them with the community, hearing their feedback before we make our final presentation to the Tallahassee City Commission," said Advisory Committee Chairman Martha Barnett.
Some of the key preliminary recommendations include:
- Rename and promote an existing hotline as an Ethics and Fraud Hotline to make it easy for citizens and employees to share potential concerns.
- Establish a "one-stop shop" of ethics information on the City's website to promote additional transparency and easy access to information.
- Maintain the existing financial disclosure requirements for employees, appointed officials and advisory boards.
- Identify a way for elected leaders to disclose additional information beyond State-mandated disclosure, such as membership on boards, land ownership, and business relationships with current or prospective City vendors or employees.
- Eliminate awarding points to vendors in the bid process for making charitable contributions.
- Strengthen the City's lobbyist registration ordinance, including fines and penalties for noncompliance.
- Prohibit elected and appointed officials from appearing before the City Commission as a paid employee or representative for two years after their term ends.
A full listing of all preliminary recommendations to date is available on Talgov.com. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the May 29 meetings. If, however, you cannot make the meeting, you can submit written comments to the panel by June 2 via email or mail them to:
City of Tallahassee Ethics Panel
Attn: Treasurer-Clerk / Records
300 S. Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
The Ethics Advisory Panel has been meeting since early November 2012. The nine-member group's mission is to examine the various City policies, procedures and practices relating to ethics, financial disclosures and transparency of the government and present any recommendations to the City Commission.
For more information, visit the Ethics Advisory Panel's page on Talgov.com or contact the City Treasurer-Clerk's Office at (850) 891-8130.
Michelle Bono, City Manager's Office, 891-8200; or Matt Lutz, Treasurer-Clerk's Office, 891-8130