January 23, 2008

Palo Alto to Consider Ombuds for City Employees

The Palo Alto City Auditor has urged the municipality to create a formal ethics policy for its public employees and implement an employee hot line to respond to misconduct. In her response to the audit, Assistant City Manager Emily Harrison said staff has a "number of reservations" about creating a complaint hot line and may consider hiring an ombudsman. (Palo Alto Daily News; Palo Alto Audit Report.)

January 9, 2008

California Ombuds Nominated for IOA Board

Five of the eleven ombuds nominated for the International Ombudsman Association Board of Directors are from California:
  • Tom Kosakowski (UCLA and Claremont Graduate University)
  • Theresa Prator (Los Angeles World Airports)
  • Mauricio "Reese" Ramos (Sandia National Laboratory, Berkeley)
  • Jennifer Wolf (UC Irvine)
  • Gary Yamashita (Chevron, San Ramon)
More information on all of the candidates is available on the Ombuds Blog.