Quick Look :: On Why Atlantans Support Cathy
Atlanta is truly at a crossroads. We can be a world-class city that plans for growth and fulfills our promise to provide opportunity and quality of life for all. But achieving this goal will require collaboration, innovative policy, and strong and transparent leadership.
As Mayor of Atlanta, I will bring people together to get things done. I will leverage the strength of our neighborhood and community groups, as well as public-private partners, private sector investors, the faith community, philanthropic funders, and federal, state and local agencies to do what is best for our City. I will welcome feedback, and engage all relevant stakeholders, as we find the best solutions for our problems and opportunities.
- I will build a team in my administration of the most qualified and dedicated issue experts, who will be empowered to innovate and lead in their respective areas and who pledge to place the interests of city residents and neighborhoods first in all decisions. I will track the progress of my administration’s integrated action plan and priority goals, through a user friendly online dashboard, to ensure that we are meeting deadlines and that we are being fully accountable to the public.
- I will create a culture in City Hall – from the top down – that focuses on openness, service, and stewardship of public resources. Ethics training will be a mandatory and regular requirement for all staff representing the City of Atlanta. City employees will be encouraged to bring any concerns about ethics or the use of city funds directly to an independent Ethics Officer. And I will assume complete and total responsibility for any activity that happens at City Hall.
- I will formally protect the Atlanta Ethics Board from budget cuts and interference from the Office of the Mayor or City Council. I will have the Ethics Officer review current procurement practices and recommend and implement best practice policies to protect against all misuse of city funds.
- I will rebuild the Procurement and Permits Departments from the bottom up to ensure that the City of Atlanta is not a “pay to play” city. When a “pay to play” system exists, it harms everyone – it leads to public distrust in government, waste of taxpayer dollars, and qualified vendors being shut out of the process.