The city’s chief resilience officer, Anne Coglianese, will be part of a panel discussion next week hosted by Jacksonville Today’s ADAPT on how the city plans to weather climate change.
Coglianese has spent two years gathering data and talking to experts in search of local solutions to climate change.
Meanwhile, the city’s office of inspector general recently concluded an investigation into her role in awarding contracts for resiliency consulting work to three organizations she had worked with in New Orleans. She says the contracts were handled “by the book.”
“I scored some of these contracts with a panel of other city employees and at no point did my knowledge of the firms that bid on these in any way affect the outcome. And I will say ethics and integrity are really central to how I conduct myself and my work, and so it’s disheartening when people want to look at your character and question it.”
The investigation determined her involvement didn’t violate any ethics or procurement laws, but it recommended that Jacksonville tighten its standards for city employees to avoid the appearance of favorable treatment.
Coglianese will participate in the ADAPT panel discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday at WJCT studios. You can register to attend at wjct.org/events.