The City Council will review a proposed “Whistleblower Policy” at its Monday meeting for city employees to report suspected wrongdoing.
“The purpose of this policy is to maintain the integrity of the organization and establish a procedure for reporting dishonest acts and/or fraudulent activity,” the administrative policy reads.
The policy outlines the process for the city’s more than 900 employees to report misappropriation of city funds, falsification of city records, improper use of city equipment or property and more. In addition to protecting the identity of the employee who reported the concern, the policy states that unfair treatment of the reporting employee or filing a false report could lead to disciplinary action.
“Failure to report incidents of wrongdoing may be grounds for disciplinary action,” the policy also states.
All allegations of wrongdoing will be investigated by department supervisors, the city auditor or other staff in the city manager’s office, the policy states.
The City Council must approve the policy before it can be enforced.
An annual report of compliance with the policy would be presented to the City Council.
Also on the agenda is a funding agreement with the N.C. Housing Finance Agency regarding a $45,000 award of Housing Trust Fund money to provide urgent repairs for low-income residents in Rocky Mount. Applications for as much as $8,000 in repairs through the program will be accepted beginning Wednesday. The deadline for applications is Sept. 27.
In other business, the council will consider a budget amendment for $4,800 to purchase a back-up power supply for the 911 Center, which is needed as the communication systems are rewired.
Also on the agenda is a presentation by the American Public Gas Association of several awards to the city’s utility department.
The regular meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at City Hall.
At the 2 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting, council members will hear a budget report from Budget and Evaluation Manager Ken Hunter.
After the financial review, three items are slated to be discussed during closed session.
The closed session matters are to discuss a property acquisition, an economic development opportunity and a matter that falls under attorney-client privilege.