On Wednesday Nash said the county’s staff is drafting recommendations for new ethics and land-acquisition rules. She said she hopes the commission will adopt new land-buying rules within 60 days and new ethics rules within 90 days.
Nash also pledged to improve communication with the public by publishing more information on the county’s website and looking for other ways to leverage communication technology.
“Ronald Reagan had a policy of `trust but verify,’” she said. “We want to give you as much information as we can so you can verify, so that you can trust the decisions we make in county government.”
Nash’s remarks went over well with one government critic, Steve Ramey of the Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots. He was especially glad to hear her “trust but verify” pledge.
“That’s a big thing,” Ramey said. “I think she’s going to be a good chairman.”
Nash also pledged to expand a citizen budget review team and to poll county residents on tough spending decisions that lie ahead. She said she wants accurate information on what services are most important to the public as the county struggles with declining property tax revenue.
“We’re at a place where we can’t afford to guess,” she said. “We need concrete data to make these decisions.”
Despite problems with its budget, public trust, the economy and other challenges, Nash said Gwinnett has many strengths. Among them: dedicated county employees, a vibrant business community and “the best schools in the United States.”
“I’m mighty glad we’re here in Gwinnett County,” the chairwoman said.