Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Preferential treatment is one of the most difficult ethics provisions
to deal with, because it seems on its face so open-ended. Every time a
decision is made, someone is preferred over someone else, whether it's
a hiring decision, a contract award, or a zoning change. But if these
decisions are made fairly and through the appropriate legal process,
there is no preferential treatment.
Preferential treatment involves acting unfairly and outside the
appropriate legal process to give...