Purchasing cards used by Brookhaven city employees will have a tighter review system — including the ability to monitor and block card purchases in real time.

Brookhaven City Council on Oct. 27 approved the new system and policy for the so-called p-cards.

“I think the key thing here is accountability,” said city Finance Director Carl Stephens.

Brookhaven has not had major issues with its previous p-cards. But the council decided to tighten and modernize the system in the wake of DeKalb County’s corruption scandals, which included personal purchases on government p-cards by such officials as former Commissioner Elaine Boyer.

“We’ve been doing that since Day One,” said Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams about reviews of p-card use. But the new policy is “very clear, very tough,” she said.

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