Council to consider COL Performance Management Audit


7 January 2020

The generosity and financial assistance of the Green Family Trust and Liberty National Bank may bring a longtime community endeavor to fruition this year for the City of Lawton.

Lawton City Council will consider approving a resolution to amend the City of Lawton’s budget on Jan. 14 that would appropriate $70,000 – a proposed donation from the Green Family Trust and Liberty National Bank – for a performance management audit. This audit will independently and objectively analyze, assess and evaluate “various activities, processes, governance and risk management, among other facets” of the City of Lawton in order to streamline services and make government more efficient.

“We are grateful for the support and partnership of the Green Family Trust and Liberty National Bank,” said City Manager Michael Cleghorn. “Our organizations have a shared vision of growing and improving the Lawton Fort Sill community.”

Liberty National Bank President Mark Henry and Bank Chairman Clayton “Buddy” Green said they approached the City of Lawton with the intent of giving back to a community they have served for more than two decades.

“We are a local bank with local ties and we care deeply about Lawton,” Henry said. “This is an opportunity to further growth and development, as the services provided by the City of Lawton touch every member of the community we serve.”

Henry further explained that identifying areas of improvement will allow citizens to better collaborate and communicate in order to tackle community issues alongside City of Lawton leadership and elected officials.

Pending the approval of Lawton City Council, City Management will utilize Novak Consulting Group to move forward with the initiative. In total, the audit will cost $142,800, with the City contributing the remainder of funds. The audit would be carried out over a period of several months and would ultimately consist of the development of an improvement plan.

“Any findings of the audit would be made available to the community, just as our yearly financial audits are made available to the community,” Cleghorn said. “This type of initiative reinforces the values of transparency and accountability, which are integral in all operations of municipal government.”

A copy of the agenda item outlining this initiative, which will be voted upon, will be made available when meeting booklets are published and uploaded online toward the end of the week.


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