What options are available to local officials who are interested
in promoting public service ethics within their agency?
Realistically, there is no silver bullet for achieving a culture
of ethics within an agency. It takes hard work, strong leadership
and a sustained effort.
Are there other tools out there that have worked for your agency?
Please feel encouraged to share your experiences by posting a
comment on what has worked and what hasn’t for your agency.
“No great achievement is possible without persistent
Periodic audits can help elected officials and agency managers
make sure that public resources are properly used. Audits
of agency functions are a way local agencies can underscore their
commitment to ethics and ensure that any misuse of public
resources is detected and investigated.
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 in this section explain, such codes have a variety of
Some local agencies impose disclosure requirements and other
restrictions on those who are paid to influence local agency
decision-makers. Such regulations are another option local
agencies have for increasing public trust and confidence in the