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Santa Clara University, May 15, 2006, Vol. 6, No. 14

 
Summer camp for public officials

Among the campers will be officials from Scottsdale, Ariz., which recently adopted a code of ethics in response to a citizens’ petition (it hasn’t yet been implemented); mayors and council members from other cities; and ethics commissioners, a relatively new phenomenon in city and municipal government, Nadler says.

“Not many places have ethics officers. We did a matrix of cities to find out who has ethics officers, ethics codes, and whether ethics training is mandatory, then looked at whether it reduces ethical problems in government.”

Nadler found the emphasis on ethics doesn’t always help. “The city of San Diego has an ethics code, for example, but they have myriad problems,” she says. “Others have no codes and no problems. It’s not only about the code, it’s about the culture you establish.”

In addition to Nadler, “camp counselors” will include:

Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center and former chair of Santa Clara County Political Ethics Commission.

Elizabeth Brinkman Day, assistant director of character education for the Markkula Center.

Elsa Chen, assistant professor of political science at SCU and leader of the Public Sector Program.

JoAnne Speers, executive director and ethics program director of the Institute for Local Government.

Carla Miller, esq., co-ethics officer for the city of Jacksonville, Fla., and board member of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), and found of CityEthics.org.

LeeAnn Pelham, executive director of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.