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  1. Ethics Training - Leadership and Responsibility

    ... you make sure officials and employees take whatever ethics course is being offered, in person or online? Some local governments fine people who don't take the course within an allotted time, but it's bad for morale to fine people for ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-24 17:24 - 0 comments

  2. City Attorney Investigates Memphis Mayor for Possible Ethics Violation

    ... ethics investigations? A former Memphis City Attorney, of course, What did the mayor allegedly do? According to an article in the ... an option to purchase the Greyhound land (which would, of course, be redeveloped by the city). The mayor sold the option for a profit of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-24 19:15 - 1 comment

  3. Ethics Jurisdiction Over Those Doing Government-Approved Work

    ... the state approved the law firm and the bank to teach the course. And, unlike many states, Tennessee allowed the same firm to both ... to wear four hats:  they wrote the rules, taught the course, advised the towns, and underwrote the bonds. The new state ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-10-22 18:27 - 0 comments

  4. Not Engaging in Our Fathers' Misconduct

    ... with their children, while others chart a different course. What the new course charters do is neither idealize their fathers, nor focus on their ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-05-20 12:02 - 0 comments

  5. When An EC Member's Appointing Authority Comes Before the Commission

    ... , Kalberman stated, 'I believe it is absolutely true but of course I don't have documents from the Governor telling Patrick Millsaps to get ... of his appointing authority, and acted outside the ordinary course of handling budget issues (which had been discussed for months), it ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-06-14 07:23 - 0 comments

  6. Blind Spots VIII — How to Handle Our Blind Spots

    ... "If you find yourself thinking,' I'd never do that' and 'Of course I'll choose the right path,' it's likely your planning efforts will fail ... place "pre-commitment devices" to help them follow a desired course of action (think piggy bank for savings). They recognize the problem ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-04-11 17:14 - 0 comments

  7. A California Recipe for Conflicts of Interest

    ... were the creation of a California initiative drive, of course). Recently, a large grant (about half the commission's annual ... just happens to be the director of that department, and of course he didn't vote. But two members whose agencies were subcontractors did ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-11-03 12:07 - 0 comments

  8. The Limitations of the Language of "Influence"

    ... World Series, at Yankee Stadium. But the reports are, of course, ignoring the language of the law. Here it is: NY State Public ... legislative employee should endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that he is ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-05-11 19:23 - 0 comments

  9. Albert Hirschman on Conflicts Between the Private and the Public

    ... and the betrayal of yesterday's friends -- all of this of course for the sake of the goal. ... In the process he may well violate the ... gain in private consumption goals.  This experience can of course be so dismaying and so contrary to original expectations as to produce ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-06-18 08:16 - 1 comment

  10. A Miscellany

    ... even so much as to take a 21-minute online ethics course required of the members of every county board and commission. In ... justice commission to hold out on taking the required ethics course. Now the sheriff is arguing that his refusal is for ... position is that ethical oversight, not to mention an ethics course, is not governing. Ethical oversight is an important aspect of our ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-06-30 07:47 - 0 comments