Thursday, May 26, 2011

Denver POST: Adams County adopts ethics rules in wake of corruption allegations

BRIGHTON — The Adams County commissioners swiftly and unanimously adopted a package of resolutions Wednesday, saying the new rules will thwart corruption and wasteful spending in the county.

The resolutions forbid county officials and employees from hiring county contractors for personal business, bar department heads from political activities, centralize purchases, set competitive-bidding requirements and bring an independent auditor to examine county contracts.

Adams County also will poll voters' interest in expanding the county commission from three to five members and adopting a home-rule charter. Home-rule counties can replace some elected officials — clerk, coroner, treasurer and assessor, for example — with employees hired for the job. Full Story Click Here...

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