Madore pushes petition about county contracts

first_imgThe Clark County council passed an ordinance Tuesday altering the way sensitive contracts are publicized. By the next morning, Councilor David Madore had convinced 256 people to sign a petition seeking to refer the ordinance to a vote.The ordinance was drafted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Horne to give the county manager greater authority in delegating routine contracts and also to address concerns voiced by some members of the council that contracts for sensitive human resource investigations not be published on the county’s website.The measure changes a 2015 ordinance approved by the Clark County council that required the county manager to post contracts on the county’s website prior to signing them, allowing the public and councilors to offer input. The Home Rule Charter gives the county manager authority to sign contracts.Horne explained that individuals involved in human resources investigations “may have claims to confidentiality.”“It is our job to protect everyone in the investigations,” said council Chair Marc Boldt at Tuesday’s meeting.The ordinance was passed with a 3-2 vote with Boldt, no party preference, and Republican Councilors Jeanne Stewart and Julie Olson voting in favor of it. Republican Councilors Tom Mielke and Madore, who have often been at odds with the rest of the council, voted against it.Madore called the ordinance a huge step backward for “transparency and accountable government,” while suggesting it was politically motivated and related to two legal actions against members of the council.last_img read more