Ethics Plan

 

ETHICS REFORM/ANTI-PATRONAGE

 

Anti-Nepotism Rules:
No elected Town official or any Commissioner/Assistant Commissioner may have direct family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren) employed by the Town in any capacity or appointed to any position.

 

Barring “Pay-for-Position” Practices:

No elected Town official may accept campaign contributions from any Town employee or any Town appointee.

 

No Political Advertising:
Town dollars will not be used to support political campaigns.  This includes “naming” Town buildings, parks, and property with elected officials’ names or using mailings for political purposes only.  All Town mailings must have a purpose and not be sent within ninety days of an election.  All mailings will be vetted by an independent board to ensure they are not political in nature.

 

Transparency and Contract Disclosure:
We will enact innovative disclosure rules for all bidders and Town contract recipients that would require the filing of, and posting on the Town’s webpage, the list of political donations to Town officials, Town or County party committees and local political clubs by a Town bidder/vendor.

 

Disclosing Lobbyists:
All lobbyists used by Town vendors must be disclosed as well as the fees paid for their services.

 

On-Line Vendor Registration & Disclosure:
All vendors must register on-line and disclose relationships with Town officials, disclose any labor and tax problems, disclose safety history, and disclose whether their prior work has been the subject of any government investigation or flagged as unsatisfactory.

 

Financial Accountability and Openness:

Outside Audit.  We are committed to a complete financial audit of the Town’s operations by outside forensic auditors to see where residents’ money has been spent and determine how to get the Town’s bond rating back on track.

 

On-Line Budgets:
All budgets, and the budgeting process for each department, will be posted on the Town’s website so residents see where their money is being spent in an easy to understand format.

 

Salary Reduction:
We will immediately implement a salary reduction for all elected Town officials until the Town’s budget is returned to a AAA bond rating.

Increasing Opportunity:
Bidding and vendor registration will be conducted on-line so that the pool of vendors is increased, thereby providing truly competitive bidding instead of awards to the same consultants and vendors.

 

Competitive Job Postings:
To the fullest extent possible, all open positions in the Town will be subject to a posting and open review process.

 

Transparency and Contract Disclosure:
We will enact innovative disclosure rules for all bidders and Town contract recipients that would require the filing of, and posting on the Town’s webpage, the list of political donations to Town officials, Town or County party committees and local political clubs by a Town bidder/vendor.

 

Independent Inspector General

Creation of an independent inspector general for contracting, with the purpose of increasing the public’s confidence in the Town’s chosen contractors, and thus re- building faith again in Town Hall.

 

Anti-Moonlighting Rules

Town employees will not be allowed to “moonlight,” or work for any individual or company that has direct or indirect business before the Town.