For immediate release
Sherrie Hall Everett: My Commitment to Transparency, Ethics, and the Public at UTA.
One of the things that I'm known for is the demand for transparency in all aspects of public service. Anytime either elected or appointed public servants are discussing and making decisions regarding the use of public assets, allowing tax payers direct access to timely information is an absolute must.
One of the things that I'm most proud of is the live streaming now implemented for each and every board meeting of the UTA Board of Trustees. (YOUTUBE Channel
) Previously, interested parties had to either attend the meeting in person, search for summary versions of the meeting, or rely on the perspectives of local reporting. Nothing wrong with that if that's all you can do. But the Board said, "no, we can do better" and initiated the live streaming option, with links to archived past meetings.
But transparency doesn't end there. Public servants should make sure that all their relevant activities are fully reported, even the activities that some would argue to be unrelated to their public service. Let me give an example.
Separate from my UTA Board of Trustees service, I was recently going about my campaign efforts in the race to be Provo's next mayor. I was introduced to the CEO of Sunroc. We talked about growth and housing.
Sunroc, a company that supplies garage doors, boards, nails, and other building supplies to the housing industry, donated a significant sum to Sherrie Hall Everett for Mayor – a separate registered entity of my mayoral campaign. (To my knowledge, this contractor has no current or pending business with the City of Provo or UTA.) Though not required, the very first thing I did was to call the office of UTA’s General Counsel and give notice of the donation. Next, as is required, I made sure that the donation was specifically listed on my campaign financial disclosures and submitted without delay. The spending of that donation toward the campaign will also be transparently disclosed as it is used for expenses related to the campaign. I am grateful to have businesses support my pro-business, pro-neighborhood, pro-community stance as we prepare Provo for their role in future growth.
It's important to note that I do not have any say in any bid awards. Board members are protected from that administrative process. I do not have any influence in contract awards and vendor selection. But to be overly cautious, I asked to be informed of ANY future Board decision where Sunroc, its parent company or other subsidiaries are involved. Going forward, it goes without saying that whenever appropriate, I will recuse myself from any future voting that the Board may do that would effect this contractor in anyway.
Public servants have lives apart from the service they offer to their communities. Many of them have businesses of their own. By complete and timely adherence to the rules of disclosure and transparency the public remains informed and their interest is safe guarded, just as it should be.
Sherrie Hall Everett for Mayor