Transparency and accountability are top priorities in my office. It’s good for Phoenix, it’s good for our residents and it’s the right thing to do. Public trust in city government must be earned and I’m working hard to make sure the decisions at City Hall are in the best interests of our city.
Reforming our ethics policies
From my first day in office, I created an independent board to modernize the city’s ethics rules. This bipartisan group, chaired by former Maricopa County Attorney Ricky Romley, included leaders from businesses, non-profits and everyday citizens — the very people City Hall should serve.
Thanks to the hard work of the Ethics Reform Task Force, Phoenix is on its way to having some of the toughest ethics rules in the nation including:
- Requiring council members to report any gift valued more than $50, including meals and transportation costs
- An independent Ethics Commission to enforce the new standards
- Tougher penalties for violating ethics rules allowing for council members to be removed from office
I invite you to read more about my Ethics Reform plan.
Diversifying our boards and commissions
Diversity is our strength. Everyday citizens play an important role in making our city stronger, which is why I nominate citizens who historically haven’t been involved in city decision-making process.
For this reason, I do not support nominees for city boards and commissions whose primary job is to work as a paid lobbyist or nominees who work for lobbying firms.
Boards and commissions serve an important role in the city making recommendations directly to the City Council and City Departments.
Having a diversity of voices on these boards will move us forward as a city and make sure we are putting Phoenix first.
I invite you to consider serving on a Board or Commission by applying online.
Improving access to city meetings
Continuing Phoenix’s tradition of openness and accountability, all city council meetings, including zoning meetings are online and more accessible to the public.
For the second-year in a row, City Manager David Cavazos and I hosted “Online with Mayor Stanton.” We took questions about the proposed city budget from Phoenix residents on Twitter, Facebook, email and live feed and answered them live on Phoenix Channel 11 and at phoenix.gov.
Additionally, city council subcommittee meetings are now broadcast live on Phoenix Channel 11 and at phoenix.gov. Videos are also posted on Phoenix’s YouTube channel.
For those without access to a computer or who would rather meet in person, we held 20 community budget hearings in every council district to explain the proposed budget, get public input and let everyone see how their tax dollars are being spent. Thanks to your comments and participation, we are making sure Phoenix’s budget priorities reflect the interests of our entire community.
Making city government easily accessible
When we have City Council elections, it’s now easier to find out all financial contributions, conflict of interest reports and financial disclosures made by candidates for city office and elected officials.
Go online now to the City Clerk Department website and click on “Campaign Finance” under “Services.” You can search the online database by candidate or donor name, expenditures and donation size or date.
Stabilizing our pension system
Reforming our pension system changed the way we do business at City Hall.
In March 2013, Phoenix voters overwhelmingly made a clear choice: accountability and making city government work for its citizens.
Pension reform will save our city $600 million and create a 50/50 partnership for the city and its employees. It will attract talented workers to deliver the highest quality services and make us competitive for a stronger economic future.