The chairman is responsible for making appointments to more than 70 local appointed units of government. The Standards fall into five key areas:
Under the plan, the government boards will be required to sign a certificate acknowledging they agree to follow the Standards of Conduct. Some examples of requirements include: requiring boards to follow fiscally conservative budgeting by adhering to best practices set through the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and other professional groups, operating in a transparent manner by posting information to its website and being responsive to citizens, as well as striving to decrease costs and increase efficiency. Signing the certificate of acknowledgement is required in order to serve on a board or commission.
“These standards of conduct will help create a culture of accountability for our appointees and establish clear expectations,” said Lawlor. “Adherence to common sense standards will improve fiscal responsibility, transparency and communication with me, the county board and the people we serve.”
The plan also requires appointees to follow the county board’s ethics policy, which is required by a new state law.