With all that has happened in South Florida, both in the private sector and the public sector, one has to imagine what it will take to turn things around. Now more than ever, it is paramount that ethics reform takes center stage.
Palm Beach County created a Division of Inspector General back in 2005. This position doesn’t necessarily ensure a “clean” structure, however, it does maintain a level of necessary scrutiny. Should rules and oversight extend to government employees—absolutely.
Last week, Broward Mayor Ken Keechl addressed the Downtown Council and he clearly understands the perception and need for additional layers of accountability. Bottom line is that anything that would give way to the appearance of impropriety should be eliminated. The fact of the matter is that our track record of corruption speaks for itself. I would think all commissioners and staff would welcome the shield of clearly defined rules, leaving no doubt of the high road.
If County Commissioners fail to approve an ethics code within 180 days after being presented to them, voters will have the final say come November 2010. Let’s hope our elected officials step up and do the right thing.
Dan Lindblade, CAE
Chamber leadership…your 50 Directors approved Bylaws amendments at their first meeting in January. To get a copy of the newly revised Bylaws, contact email@example.com. Also at this meeting, Directors executed conflict of interest and a whistleblower statements and reviewed preliminary financials for year-end 2009. Committees are ramping up for the year. To participate, please click here to make you decision on where you would like to serve.
100th Annual Meeting…make your reservations now to attend the 100th Annual Meeting of the Chamber presented by Trane, with US Chamber President & CEO Tom Donohue, Friday, Feb. 12, 11:30 am, Marriott Harbor Beach. Register here or contact Cristina@ftlchamber.com for more information.
2010 Economic Forecast…Fritz Meyer, senior market strategist for Invesco Aim Management Group, covers his forecast at the 49th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast and Trade Show brought to you by the Executives’ Association of Fort Lauderdale. Your Chamber will be recognized for 100 years of doing business in South Florida, Feb. 9, 6:30 tradeshow, 7:30 breakfast, 8:00 breakfast, Pier 66. Email reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Chairman Circle Members—Berger Singerman, Robert Barron and P&E Solutions, Anthony Passero.