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Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore Issues Statement on Legislation to Create Office of the Inspector General

Post Date:01/16/2020 12:44 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

January 16, 2020 

Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore Issues Statement on Legislation to Create Office of the Inspector General

ATLANTA — As the Council moves closer to adopting legislation creating the City of Atlanta’s Office of the Inspector General, Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore issued the following statement of encouragement and precaution:

"With the 2020 legislative session underway, the majority of stakeholders show strong support for the immediate creation of an Office of the Inspector General by the city. Many significant and collaborative steps have already been taken toward the realization of this goal.

To date, the Council adopted, by ordinance, legislation creating the Office of Independent Compliance and the Board of Ethics and Independent Compliance.  This ordinance also included the establishment of an Independent Compliance Officer with duties mirroring those of an Inspector General. The ordinance was drafted in collaboration with the city’s Ethics Office. Subsequent to the adoption of this ordinance, the Administration convened the Taskforce for the Promotion of Public Trust to evaluate the efficacy of the city’s current legislative and administrative policies and procedures relative to ethics, transparency, and compliance. I was engaged during all taskforce meetings and thoroughly reviewed their final report.

Approximately one month later, I issued correspondence to the Council and Administration urging that we move forward with the creation of the Office of the Inspector General. I was informed that conversations between the Administration and some Council members had begun, ultimately resulting in the development of a charter amendment creating a super board comprised of Ethics, Audit, and newly added Compliance members. 

As with any significant change, the proposed legislation has been met with concerns and opposition from multiple parties. To the ongoing discourse, I shall also add a proposed solution for consideration by stakeholders. An ordinance to amend the currently adopted legislation creating the Office of Compliance can be introduced, changing the title from Independent Compliance Officer to Inspector General and adding additional language as needed. The Board of Ethics and Independent Compliance can be renamed to reflect the title of Inspector General. A charter amendment can be introduced simultaneously or at a later date. This approach will allow the Office of the Inspector General to be created in a timely manner while allowing for viable opposing perspectives to be explored.

As President of the Atlanta City Council, I assert that there is still a bit more due diligence left to perform and additional recommendations to consider. We find ourselves at this juncture, in part, due to our historical tendency toward embracing some stakeholder perspectives while excluding others. I encourage the Council to continue moving forward with this effort while also cautioning members to fully absorb the facts presented by those in opposition to the current iteration of this legislation. Remember, the opposing voices also qualify as members of the public. Is promoting the trust of this segment of our citizenry not important? Let us move swiftly to get the job done and most importantly, let us do it well."

Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

To learn more about the Atlanta City Council, please visit http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/. For the latest updates, follow the Atlanta City Council on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Contacts:        Zena Lewis                              zolewis@atlantaga.gov                       404-330-6309

                        Cathy Murray                          ccmurray@atlantaga.gov                   404-330-6052

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