South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has held the position for two weeks, but is already making a public effort to promote transparency in his own office.
Loftis says he will post his entire work schedule online for the public to access. More openness was an issue Loftis campaigned on before his election. At the time, he criticized his predecessor, Converse Chellis, for not posting a complete schedule while he held the office. Loftis defeated Chellis in the Republican primary in June.
I spoke at length about my opinion that our leaders don’t work long enough or hard enough. I don’t think it’s the people’s responsibility to chase after their leaders. I think it’s our elected leaders’ responsibility to prove to the people paying the bills that we’re, in fact, giving them good value for their money.
Loftis says the calendar at the Treasurer’s Office website lists almost all of his appointments, whether with legislators, lobbyists, or otherwise.
If a lobbyist or special interest comes in here, if citizens or politicians come to visit the Treasurer, I think that it ought to be on the public record.
He adds he will make exceptions and not post specifics about meetings concerning legal counsel, investment advice, and personnel issues, which are not covered by the Freedom of Information Act.
The Office’s website is treasurer.sc.gov. If you’re curious, Loftis’s calendar says he will meet with two people from outside the Treasurer’s Office Friday. They include an executive from Carolina First Bank and a representative from the Board of Economic Advisers.