When it comes to closed sessions, and confidential information learned during closed sessions, the decision to provide greater transparency must reflect the collective judgment of the decision-making body.
These materials examine the role community leaders play when a crisis occurs.
This article analyzes situations that might cause leaders to ponder whether the ends justify the means.
This article addresses the ethical concerns and legal consequences of vote-trading.
This 2007 article addresses the pitfalls of issuing badges to public officials who are not public safety officers.
This article addresses the sticky situation that arises when a staff member suspects improper activities but can’t get the attention of his or her supervisor or elected officials to address the issue.
The tone and accuracy of online commentary and forums can present challenges for local officials.
This article explains the role of agency counsel in advising on ethics law issues.
This three-part series alerts local officials to the complex issues that can arise when one combines local public service with commitment to charitable causes.
This article offers a practical strategy on how to a handle the difficult situation when a public official’s sense of the best course of action conflicts with the views of a vocal set of constituents.
This article offers thoughts to elected official on how to work through the sticky situation of having to make decisions that affect friends or supporters.
When elected officials serve on regional governing bodies, they can face perplexing issues as to whose interests they should be advancing. The article on the right sorts through some of those issues.
This article analyzes the ethical issues associated with grandstanding and offers tips for dealing with grandstanders.