Because of ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus, its potential spread through larger group gatherings and the state’s current Directed Health Measures limiting meeting rooms to 50 percent occupancy, combined with regard for the health and safety of our member officials and employees, NIRMA has decided to cancel its five in-person Spotlight Seminars that had been rescheduled for next month.

Instead, NIRMA will present the same local government ethics/fraud/accountability/security material in a free two-part webinar we have scheduled for 2:00-5:00 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, August 12, and 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon (CDT) Thursday, August 13.

Governmental Law, LLC, Attorney Brandy Johnson will serve as the primary presenter the first day and discuss the difference between legal and ethical obligations as a public official, transparency in open meetings versus the need for confidentiality, dealing with outside interest groups, accountability and the consequences of unethical or dysfunctional behavior and share examples of actual fraud claims that have occurred within Nebraska governmental bodies.

Eric Rodriguez, a veteran financial crimes risk consultant who specializes in the prevention and detection of fraud, will open the second day with an enlightening look at the triggers that can lead to fraud in the public sector, red flags you should watch for and preventive measures you can take. He will be followed by NIRMA Law Enforcement and Safety Specialist Terry Baxter who will discuss the best practices for fortifying your courthouse and promoting public office safety in order to better protect your employees and the public.