By KWGS News/Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – In its April issue of County News, the National Association of Counties recognized Tulsa County's website as one of only seven among county websites in the U.S. that achieved a perfect score for transparency. Tulsa County was recently awarded the annual Sunny Award by Sunshine Review.
"Sunny Award winners are recognized for making information available to citizens and for setting a transparency standard that all governments can and should meet," said Mike Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review.
Upon review of Tulsa County's website in 2009, it became apparent that more information was needed on the site. "I felt that our organization could work together to make the website as helpful as possible," said County Commissioner John Smaligo. "With help from our information technology department and County Clerk Earlene Wilson's office as well as Tulsa County's other elected officials, we transformed the website providing taxpayers much more access to their county records," he added.
Tulsa County and six other counties were chosen among 5,000 government websites analyzed by Sunshine Review.