"This award is a testament to DSRSD's commitment to open and transparent government," said Neil McCormick, program administrator for the foundation and CEO of the California Special Districts Association.
To receive the award, a special district must complete eight essential governance transparency requirements, which include: conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports with the state controller in a timely manner.
In addition to these requirements, DSRSD also completes 15 website requirements by providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, agenda packets, and minutes, the district's current budget and the most recent financial audit.
"While DSRSD has always been committed to openness and transparency," said DSRSD board president Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold, "we applaud the Special District Leadership Foundation because going through the transparency certification process identified additional steps we could take to improve what we believed were already transparent efforts."
DSRSD provides wastewater collection and treatment for approximately 138,000 people in Pleasanton, Dublin and southern San Ramon in addition to potable water service for Dublin and the Dougherty Valley.