Water district board approves new code of conduct rules
The West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors has approved changes to its code of conduct as a result of an independent, self-imposed audit conducted by McGladrey LLP. The West Basin Municipal Water District serves nearly one million people in 17 cities, including West Hollywood.
The audit examined key areas where the West Basin Water District could strengthen its policies and procedures, which included evaluating director expenses, director sponsorships and outreach programs, along with standardizing forms to ensure better accountability for both West Basin and the organizations who receive its support.
Over the course of several months, the West Basin Board of Directors deliberated over the recommendations provided by the auditing firm, and reviewed them during the district’s ethics committee and board meetings. Several recommendations were incorporated into the code of conduct such as eliminating individual director sponsorship and outreach funds; establishing a reimbursable expense cap for meals, travel and transportation; and conducting a survey to evaluate per diems, allowances and other expenses.
“As board president, it is my top priority to strengthen our processes and improve our transparency and accountability. The changes to the code of conduct reflect on our commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards for the communities we serve and ensuring public trust,” said Gloria D. Gray, West Basin Municipal Water District board president.
In compliance with the new code of conduct, West Basin will conduct a survey at least every three years to assess per diem, allowances and other expenses from comparable agencies. For information, visit www.westbasin.org.