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Legislation to create the city’s first-ever Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust passed out of the City Council’s Finance and Executive Committee today.
Introduced by Council member Marci Collier Overstreet, the task force will consist of ten appointees from the public and private sectors experienced in government, corporate ethics and compliance, according to council materials. These appointees would be charged with making sure the city’s dealings remain transparent and ethical. If formed, the council and mayor will get five appointees each to the task force.
“Over the past year, we have done many things to head in the right direction. We established a transparency officer, lobbying policies, strengthened the credit card policies and program, identified open records custodians and codified procurement practices,” Overstreet said in a statement. “I want to make sure that all of the things we’re doing independently aren’t overlapping in any way so that we can better address the needs and concerns of our city employees and Atlanta residents.”
The legislation will now move to Committee on Council, where it will be discussed on the morning of Monday, Feb. 18. If it passes out of Committee on Council, the legislation will go before the full council that afternoon, council materials indicate.