All Government Agencies in County Invited to Attend Seminar about Open Public Meetings Act
(Woodbury, NJ)- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney announced today that an educational seminar will be held about the Open Public Meetings Act on September 15, 2010 at 11 am at GCC Fine Arts Building. Representatives from all local governments and government agencies in Gloucester County have been invited. Sweeney said the seminar will be led by Former Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, M. Allan Vogelson; the county's Compliance Officer for government transparency.
"We have taken the time to research many local municipalities, had discussions with many local officials, and discovered that there is a wide disparity on how governmental business is done. Our research shows that clarity is needed in how organizations follow the Open Public Meetings Act," said Director Sweeney.
Sweeney said that the decision to invite all of the local governments, school boards, autonomous agencies, fire districts, and colleges to the seminar was in-line with the county's efforts to share resources.
"Transparency in government is paramount to the public's trust," Sweeney said. "We want to share our resources and knowledge. We are offering the expertise of our compliance officer to local governments and agencies because there should be consistency across the board in compliance with the laws regarding the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Open Public Records Act (OPRA)."
98 participants have already registered to attend the seminar that will be held at Gloucester County College.
Judge Vogelson has agreed to serve as Compliance Officer to the county at no cost and there will be no cost to the attendees of the seminar.