Chronicle Crossed Off of You-Know-What List

For today, anyway. [wink]

DeKalb City Council members are considering revising financial policy after it was disclosed that 3rd Ward Alderman Victor Wogen’s company was awarded six contracts totaling $52,000 in 2008. Currently there are no restrictions or requirements for disclosure on city officials winning contracts for public projects. The city is considering creating a more transparent process.

Rochelle follows similar guidelines as DeKalb when it comes to spending authority. Expenditures under $20,000 – such as those awarded to Wogen’s company – can be approved by the city manager without city council action.

But Rochelle’s city manager purposefully discloses aldermanic business ties with the city to other officeholders to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest.

“Part of my responsibility is to make sure they’re aware of it,” [Rochelle City Manager Ken] Alberts said.

Well done, Chronicle.

Update 9:40 a.m.: Links to the latest at DeKalb County Online, Wogen Watch and Northern Star.

3 thoughts on “Chronicle Crossed Off of You-Know-What List”

  1. You know, the only way our city government can ever hope to rehabilitate (resuscitate?) its reputation is to boot out the people who caused this disaster AND put a very strict policy into place.

  2. Lynn, doesn’t look the mayor is particularly concerned with the city’s reputation or his own. Despite the clear suggestions of ethical impropriety indicated by the other city managers, the mayor is trying to make this thing go away. Why won’t we let him? Who are we to second guess the elected ruler of our local democracy?

  3. Anybody with a pulse would be concerned. I think on some level he is but doesn’t really know what to do about it. He is used to operating a certain way and the crisis hasn’t gotten acute enough yet to overcome the denial and the fear to effect a change in behavior.

    Really, how does one switch gears like that, to stop defending the indefensible and make some changes? Can’t be easy.

    We don’t have rulers, we have representatives and when they become nonresponsive we get to make noise about it. Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, as the saying goes.

    To answer my question from above, if the mayor wants to get out of the rut he must first recognize that, while he himself retains trust in the performance of city administrators, the community feels very differently and he is there to represent the community.

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