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Panel Will Address Local Government Transparency

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — After Prince William County has made moves to abandon its internal auditing department, questions have arisen about transparency in local government.

A report Tuesday in the Washington Post detailed a recent audit some claim was not made public because it details mismanagement of a $9 million pension program for county employees and volunteer firefighters.

Now the Prince William Committee of 100 will meet in Lake Ridge on Thursday night at a previously planned meeting to discuss transparency in local government.

More from the committee in a press release:

The Presidential and Congressional elections are over, but as it is often said, all politics are local. The PWC 100 is pleased to present a program on “Openness, Transparency and Conflicts of Interest in Local Government.” The panel will consist of two members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a former County Attorney. Our moderator will be the Mayor of the Town of Occoquan.

Occoquan Mayor Earine Porta will moderate the panel, while Prince William Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May, Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland, former Prince William County attorney Sharon Pandak, and Staff Attorney for the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisor Council Alan Gernhardt will speak as part of Thursday night’s panel.

The event will be held in a multipurpose room at Westminster in Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Drive, at 7:45 p.m. The show is free to attend, but a dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. that evening, and members of the committee will be asked to pay $25 and non-members $30 for attending the dinner social.


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