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Council-Manager Governments: Ethical Considerations

Friday, May. 4, 2012

Frank Benest, senior advisor to the International City/County Management Association, addressed the recent meeting of the Center's Public Sector Roundtable, a group of locally elected officials and members of city staffs.  According to Benest, the ethical expectations for public officials flow from the form of government under which the city operates. 

In the city council-city manager form of government, ethical issues can arise between the elected councilmembers and the professional staff, which report to the city manager.  Benest led the group through three scenarios illustrating some of the problems and drawing on the expertise of the group of develop responses. 

Materials from the meeting are online here.

Tags: government ethics