Even though California has an extensive set of ethics laws to guide public officials’ behavior, local agencies sometimes find it helpful to adopt their own codes of ethics. As the materials below explain, such codes have a variety of functions.
The November 2011 issue of Public Management Magazine includes an interesting article on a bottom-up approach to developing an employee code of ethics. Authors Kevin Duggan and Kevin Woodhouse detail the process of developing and, most importantly, implementing a code of ethics.
Collaboration among elected bodies and between individual members takes effort. Finding common ground and cultivating respectful relationships early on can make for a more civil and effective governing body.
First 5 commissions can face interesting challenges relating to public trust in their decision-making processes. State law encourages knowledgeable individuals to participate in First 5 decision-making.
This can result in situations in which individuals either may be (or may be perceived to be) on both sides of the decision-making process:
Influencing funding decisions, and
Being a part of organizations that benefit from those very same decisions.