Ethics Ordinances, Charters or Resolutions for Municipal Officials: Crafting Codes of Ethics, Addressing Violations
Drafting and Enforcing Provisions on Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, Impartiality, Improper Use of Position, Nepotism and More
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide guidance to municipal attorneys for drafting and enforcing codes of ethics regulating the conduct of public officials. The panel will discuss considerations for determining whether to address ethics standards in an ordinance, charter or resolution; key provisions that should be included in codes of ethics; and legal and practical considerations and best practices when enforcing ethics ordinances, charters or resolutions against municipal officials.
- Determining whether to embody codes of ethics in an ordinance, charter or resolution
- Conduct/situations that should be addressed in codes of ethics
- Legal and practical considerations and best practices when enforcing ethics ordinances, charters or resolutions
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What types of conduct by public officials frequently raise ethical concerns?
- At a minimum, what should the content of ethics ordinances, charters or resolutions regulating the conduct of public officials include?
- What are some best practices to ensure that codes of ethics are fairly enforced?
City of Carrollton
William John Kearns, Jr.
Helmer Conley & Kasselman
Mr. Kearns focuses his practice on local government, municipal land use, and business clients. He is General Counsel... | Read More
Mr. Kearns focuses his practice on local government, municipal land use, and business clients. He is General Counsel for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, a Senior Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys and a Past President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Mr. Kearns is a former Chair of the Local Government Law and the Women's Rights Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He regularly lectures on local government ethics, public meetings, public records, e-mail and social media, and land use issues.Close