MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 16, 2013

Wagoner County honored for website


— Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, named Wagoner County as winner of one of its Sunny Awards.

Wagoner County, according to a media release, was one of 10 Oklahoma entities recognized for a transparent government website.

“The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people,” said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review.

The report highlighted Wagoner County’s strengths, including a notification system that alerts citizens of public meetings and detailed finance records.

“Sunshine Review applauds Oklahoma and the local government entities that won a Sunny Award. We encourage other cities and counties in Oklahoma to examine the winners’ websites and put resources into making transparency a priority,” Barnhart said.