Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Mather, CA — The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Metro Fire, will be presented a Special District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance at its Board of Director’s meeting tonight (July 27, 2017) which commences at 6 pm.

“This award shows Metro Fire’s commitment to providing not our essential missions of Emergency Service Delivery, Community Education, and Fire Prevention, and also providing that same commitment in our governance and processes” said Todd Harms, Fire Chief, “the entire staff at Metro Fire has and will continue to empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.”

To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District also fulfilled over fifteen website requirements, including providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, past minutes, current district budget, and the most recent financial audit. Finally, the district had to demonstrate outreach best practices to its constituents that engages and informs the community in its governance and operations.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District’s jurisdiction covers approximately 358 square miles and is responsible for protecting life and property for over 738,000 citizens. Metro Fire is committed to honor the public trust by working together to serve the community with honor and integrity, providing transparent and responsible fiscal management, to ensure efficient use of resources and to maximize levels of service.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.

Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as fire protection, water, wastewater treatment, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need.

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