The city of Lula was recognized as the most recently certified City of Ethics while several additional cities received recertifications: Ashburn, Baconton, Blakely, Bowdon, Brookhaven, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Gordon, Pelham, Remerton, Roswell, Snellville, Social Circle, Union Point and Young Harris.
The city of Lula was recognized as a certified City of Ethics.
The City of Ethics program began in 1999 and was developed by a panel of business and government leaders to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance. The ordinance must contain definitions, prohibited conduct and due process for officials accused of violations in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interests and outside employment. The ordinance must also contain penalties for city officials who violate the ordinance.
GMA requires cities with the designation to recertify for the program, ensuring that ordinances maintain the standards of the program and city officials are regularly reminded of their ethical obligations as individuals and as a governing body. Each city is required to apply for recertification every four years.
A panel of attorneys reviewed the ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria set by GMA. The cities received a plaque and are now authorized by GMA to use a “Certified City of Ethics” logo on city stationery, road signs, city vehicles and for other uses.
This article was originally featured in the September/October 2021 edition of Georgia’s Cities Magazine.
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