Ethics in Government: Charting the Right Course

Ethics in Government: Charting the Right Course

July 1, 2010

July 2010, revised

This publication is intended to be a guide assisting city officials in both considering the process of developing and enacting comprehensive codes of ethics and in facing ethical dilemmas on a day-to-day basis. No guide can answer every ethical question faced by municipal officials. We are hopeful, however, that the handbook will provide a framework for municipal officials to make appropriate decisions for the benefit of the citizens that they represent both in terms of their own actions and in terms of the ethics codes they enact. Although a sample ethics code is provided in this publication, it is provided as a guide only and city officials should thoroughly discuss and understand any ethics provisions they plan to adopt and tailor such provisions to the needs of their city and its citizens.

This publication is for general informational purposes only. While some of the information contained in this publication is about legal issues, it is not and should not be treated as legal advice. You should consult with your legal counsel before taking action based on the information contained in this publication. Material posted in this publication may be subject to copyrights owned by GMA or others, and any reproduction, retransmission or republication of such material, except for personal use or with the prior written consent of GMA or other copyright owner, is prohibited. The names, trademarks, service marks, logos and other emblems of GMA in this publication may not be used without GMA's prior written express permission.

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