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Bringing the Family to Work

Bringing the Family to Work

April 19, 2021  by  Jill Dvorkin
Category:  Recruitment and Hiring Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

This blog looks at nepotism and how it applies to local governments. 

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Ethics Codes for Local Governments, Part 2: Processing Complaints, Imposing Discipline

Ethics Codes for Local Governments, Part 2: Processing Complaints, Imposing Discipline

February 3, 2021  by  Steve Gross
Category:  Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

Part Two of this series on local ethics codes reviews items in a code that help when dealing with a possible violation. 

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Ethics Codes for Local Governments, Part 1: Considerations, Scope, and Applicability

Ethics Codes for Local Governments, Part 1: Considerations, Scope, and Applicability

February 1, 2021  by  Steve Gross
Category:  Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

Part One of this two-part blog series looks at why a local government would want to adopt an ethics code, who the code could apply to, and what behavior the code might cover. 

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Conflict of Interest and the Spouse

Conflict of Interest and the Spouse

February 22, 2019  by  Paul Sullivan
Category:  Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

Contractual situations involving spouses of local government officials can present complications that are not immediately apparent. This blog post delves into the issue. 

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Oh Boy! A Gift!

Oh Boy! A Gift!

November 26, 2018  by  Paul Sullivan
Category:  Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

With the holidays just around the corner, Legal Consultant Paul Sullivan explores the rules surrounding municipal gift "giving" and "receiving." 

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The Distinction between ‘Legal’ and ‘Ethical’ Behavior

The Distinction between ‘Legal’ and ‘Ethical’ Behavior

December 11, 2017  by  Jim Doherty
Category:  Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

The line between what is legal and what is ethical is not always clear. Legal Consultant Jim Doherty looks at the definitions of each and the role these concepts play in the public sphere. 

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Confidentiality and Executive Sessions

Confidentiality and Executive Sessions

August 10, 2017  by  Paul Sullivan
Category:  Open Public Meetings Act Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

In this blog post, MRSC Legal Consultant Paul Sullivan gives an overview of the new formal Attorney General Opinion (AGO 2017 No. 5), issued on August 3, 2017, which provides instruction on the confidentiality of information learned in executive sessions. 

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