CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County has received a high national honor for ensuring its website is transparent to the public.
Rockdale is one of 214 governments of more than 6,000 nationwide that Sunshine Review editors ranked high enough to earn the 2012 Sunny Award, one of the nonprofit’s top awards.
Sunshine Review is a 501 c-3 advocacy group based in Alexandria, Va., that focuses on state and local government transparency, engaged citizens and holding government officials accountable. Its motto is “Bringing state and local government to light.”
“Our staff works hard to make sure citizens have access to public information and can easily find it,” Chairman & CEO Richard Oden said. “So this award applauding all of their hard work and focused vision validates our efforts.”
At a Board of Commissioners meeting on March 13, BOC Chief of Staff Greg Pridgeon, Management Information Services Director James C. Howell and Tommy Zarna were recognized for their work involving the website.
A 10-point Transparency Checklist was used to independently evaluate the thousands of government websites Sunshine Review considered. Checklist criteria focused on website features that a citizen should have access to such as government records, election information and contract bidding rules.
Rockdale’s website, which was reviewed on Feb. 14, scored an A grade based on the checklist criteria. Some of the things the County was applauded for having on its website are information about its Commissioners, meeting dates, time and minutes, public records request forms and tax information.
For more information, visit www.sunshinereview.org.
ROCKDALE COUNTY IS A PERFECTLY-POSITIONED COMMUNITY WITH A ROCK-SOLID APPROACH DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE, QUALITY OF LIFE AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.