The Winnebago County Board voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a new hotline service agreement for the county.
It gives them an anonymous hotline that workers and residents can call if they notice suspicious activity within the county.
County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen, “Based on what’s going on here recently, we’ve tried very hard to be transparent at all levels. Even to the point of not too long ago where we put our entire checkbook online.”
He is referring to the county’s former purchasing director Sally Claasen. Claasen resigned in September of 2015 after being placed on leave for questions over use of county funds.
Christiansen explains, “This was caught in a normal auditing process as far as what went on with this previous one, but yes anything like that that (hotline) could offer some more information that could possibly nip it in the bud.”
The hotline will be 24 hours. An independent contractor will answer caller complaints, and then investigate to see if they are valid. The county hopes to have it up and running in February.