Stroger defends confidentiality agreement

April 26, 2008 6:29:05 PM PDT
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is defending his decision to make employees working under him sign a confidentiality agreement.

The employees got the directive in an email which was leaked to the Sun-Times. The policy prohibits disclosure of information about county business -- especially regarding Stroger's office.

Stroger says the agreement is designed to prevent release of confidential information without proper authorization.

"To make government work there are certain things that need to stay internal until it's time to let them go. And if any organization doesn't have some kind of order, there will be chaos and you'll never get anything done," said Todd Stroger.

Jay Stewart -- the executive director of the Better Government Association -- has said the agreement is an odd request from a politician who campaigned on openness and transparency in government.