In a surprise move on Monday night, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order calling for the creation of an Office of Inspector General. The mayor’s office has been negotiating details to create the office with the Atlanta City Council for two months, but offered no explanation for the executive order.
An Office of Inspector General to investigate fraud, waste, corruption and misconduct at city hall was the final recommendation made last year by the Mayor’s Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust.
“What we heard from the Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust’s final recommendation was the need for the Office of Inspector General,” Bottoms said in a media statement. “The Inspector General will serve as an independent set of eyes, ears and teeth to root out misconduct and waste in a manner that is completely separate from any political influence.”
The mayor’s executive order said the IG office must be independent from the mayor and city council and have the authority to initiate its own investigations; budgetary protection; direct subpoena power; protection of whistleblowers; and that the functions and operations of the current Independent Compliance Officer, the City Auditor and the City Ethics Office to be under the authority of the IG’s office.
INtown has reached out to members of the Atlanta City Council for their response to the executive order.
You can view the executive order at the link.