By Todd Spitzer, Chair of the OC Board of Supervisors
Orange County Chairman and Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer called for strengthening the County’s contract disclosure requirements for county employees. In consideration of a consent item authorizing a contract up to $85,000 between the OC District Attorney and RCS Investigations and Consulting, LLC Chairman Spitzer raised concerns at the Board meeting regarding the personal connection between the County and the service provider.
“We’re not running a $6 billion county like some kid operating a lemonade stand,” Spitzer said. “We have huge responsibilities as supervisors and we cannot tolerate if there’s people that are applying for county contracts” and know people here “and we don’t know what’s going on.”
Calling it the “Iqbal/Brajdic policy”, Spitzer directed staff to draft a policy requiring that past and current professional and personal relationships be disclosed with vendors up for approval. The strengthened requirements would include disclosures of past county employees and retirees receiving public pensions.
The name “Iqbal/Brajdic policy” refers to the conflicts that arose after former OC Parks Deputy Director Michael Brajdic awarded county contracts to his graduate school classmate, Ahmad Iqbal.
The requested revisions to the procurement manual requiring increased disclosures are expected to be considered by the Board of Supervisors in the Spring. Coverage by the Voice of OC can be seen on this issue by clicking here.