Gordon County Excels at Transparency

Transparency1Over the last few years Gordon County has worked hard at keeping the county website updated with fresh design as well as making sure it is rich in content and information.  One of Gordon County’s main focus has been to improve the transparency rating with the Sunshine Review.

Transparency Initiatives are one of the fastest growing public movements of recent years.  It promotes greater openness on the part of governments, companies and other institutions so that the public can hold them accountable.  Many organizations grade governments on certain categories based on their level of transparency.  These categories include, budgets, meeting schedules, minutes and agendas, information on elected officials, information on administrative officials, permits and zoning information, audits, lobbying information, information concerning public records, government contracts, and local taxes.

“With our first county website, we did not have the frame work to offer the amount of information that we can now.  With our new framework, we have been able to consistently offer more information which allows us to be more transparent and we have been able to keep the website fresh and modern in today’s web design.” says Keith King, Gordon County’s Information Technology Specialist.

In the past 3 years, Gordon County has gone from a C to a B-. Now they have received an A- and are certainly not resting on their laurels just yet.  “We will look at the one item that gave us the A-, and we will work with county staff to get it resolved.  Next year we expect to have an A+.” says Brian McClellan, Gordon County’s Technology Director.

All other surrounding counties ranked much lower than Gordon County on the Sunshine Review Ballotpedia website.

To read more about Gordon County Government’s Transparency Intitative please visit http://gordoncounty.org/government/transparency-initiative/

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