Transparency and Accountability
One of the things that we have seen since 2016 from both Democrats and Republicans is a general decrease in government trust. This feeling of mistrust runs deep here in Michigan. Our state has consistently been ranked dead last when it comes to transparency. Governor Whitmer recognized this and signed an executive directive that worked to increase government transparency by designating a transparency liaison within departments and agencies and gave other directives on how to make Freedom of Information Act requests more user friendly. I don't believe it's the job of our constituents to blindly put their trust in government, but it is instead our job to give them something worth trusting and be an institution worth placing their faith in. Our state legislature and Governor don't bear the responsibility of making sure we have a transparent government; local governments play a role in this as well. Which is why one of my first actions as a member of this board will be to create an ethics committee that will:
1. Write a clear code of conduct for members of the board. This code of conduct is to be handed out to all members on the board at the beginning of their term and will be posted for everyone, including members of the public to see.
2. Post a form online that all members of the public will have access to, so they can report any suspected violations of the code of conduct.
3. Establish a means to independently investigate all alleged violations of the code of conduct.
4. Determine a clear and defined set of consequences for anyone that has been deemed in violation of the code of conduct.