Accountability, transparency and openness are standards of good government that enhance public trust. These principles apply to the political process and decision-making and to the administrative management of the municipality.
Central Elgin Council acknowledges that it is responsible to provide good government in an accountable and transparent manner by:
Accountability – The principle that the municipality will be responsible to the public for decisions made and policies implemented, as well as its actions or inactions.
This is meant to include how Members of Council and staff are held to account for their actions, how actions are explained and the level of detail that is provided in justification of certain actions by Members of Council and staff.
Transparency – The principle that the municipality actively encourages and fosters public participation and openness in its decision-making processes. Additionally, transparency means that the municipality’s decision-making process is open and clear to the public.
This relates to the ability of members of the public to participate in the decision-making process and observe how decisions are made and implemented.
The principles of accountability and transparency are reflected in many Central Elgin policies and practices
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