Mayor Bottoms stands firm in having a transparent government - CBS46 News

Mayor Bottoms stands firm in having a transparent government

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While the Atlanta City Council authorized the city auditor to do an independent investigation into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses from former Mayor Kasim Reed, current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' administration quietly introduced two measures to reinforce her promise for open city government.

"I think that we are doing a much better job obviously than has been done in the past but there's always been room for improvement. It has been my direction to my communications staff from day one that we need to respond as quickly as possible, obviously as has been required by the law we'll continue to work toward that to make sure we have processes in place so there are no delays in our responses," says Bottoms.

To that, Mayor Bottoms wants a new transparency officer to oversee the open records process, which was so tainted under the Reed Administration that the GBI had boots on the ground at City Hall looking to see if a crime had been committed with all the delays.

"There will be a custodian for open records, part of the disconnect that I believe happens that we have different departments responding that we aren't always getting the information as timely as we should, but with one custodian there will be one person who's charged with making sure that we have all the records in one place and that we are on time with our timely responses."

The mayor has also replaced City Attorney Jeremy Berry, who was a member of Reed's cabinet with Nina Hickson, the general counsel for the Atlanta Beltline and former ethics officer for the city. 

"It gives us a little time to thoroughly vet who our permanent legal counsel will be but Jeremy Berry will be helping with the transition and we just wanted to make sure we didn't lose anything during this transition."

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