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  1. If Only a Large Campaign Contribution Could Be Considered a Conflict of Interest -- The Westminster Approach

    ... thing of value was received during the Councillor's current term of office or anytime within six (6) months prior to the commencement of the Councillor's current term of office. Westminster goes right to the heart of the matter -- not ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-05-28 07:28 - 0 comments

  2. Jurisdiction Over a Mayor-Elect, and Misconduct Disclaimers

    ... sentence to the City Ethics Model Code's definition of the term "official or employee": The term also includes candidates for office and elected candidates prior to the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-10-17 09:15 - 0 comments

  3. Government Ethics Is Not About Character, But About Making Decisions in a Professional Manner

    ... little we can do about the misperceptions that surround the term "ethics" other than to educate local government officials and employees, ... which is scarcely being done at all. That's why I prefer the term "conflicts of interest" as used in New York City's Conflicts of Interest ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-11-05 17:03 - 0 comments

  4. Cincinnati Situation V - Officials Entering Into Contracts with Their City

    ... In fact, the 2008 advisory opinion, in interpreting the term "position of profit" expressly speaks of a financial benefit "which is a ... in drafting these provisions. Although the use of the term "interest" in the local ordinance does not require the stronger "position ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-06-11 08:24 - 0 comments

  5. Restrictions on Ethics Commission Membership

    ... relates to political activities during an EC member's term. Here is Atlanta's provision: Members shall be prohibited ... are non-political, but the council replaces a member whose term is up with a council member's recent (or even current) campaign treasurer ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-07-14 09:11 - 0 comments

  6. The Tough Way to Revive a Moribund Ethics Commission

    ... was confirmed by the county legislature. Meanwhile, the term of one member expired, while another resigned, leaving one member, who ... personnel department, and ethics board chair (whose term had run out in 2009) fought the subpoenas in court. That does not sound ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-08-09 13:34 - 0 comments

  7. An Ethics Officer Worth Emulating

    ... select areas. She’s locked into the job for a three-year term unless the nine-member ethics commission votes to remove her “for ... discredit to the post. But for the first part of that term, the $75,000-a-year part-time job meant keeping a lot of balls in the air. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-01-17 08:58 - 0 comments

  8. The Massachusetts EC Fixes a Poor Conflict Provision with an Exemption

    ... interest for the remainder of the pre-existing contract term ... if that contract, by its own terms, automatically renews on identical ... special terms. Such special terms might include a longer term than usual, renewal provisions that are consistent with the regulation but ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-11-08 11:55 - 0 comments

  9. Institutional Corruption Conference I: Duplicitous Exclusion

    ... Vertical and Horizontal Accountability The key term of the paper and talk was "duplicitous exclusion," which Warren equates ... our ethical misconduct. That is why, although I like the term "duplicitous exclusion," it is important to recognize that sometimes the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-02-06 16:25 - 0 comments

  10. Gifts to Officials' Family Members

    ... law should be changed. If officials prefer to keep just the term "indirect," it should be made clear that this term covers gifts to family members. San Antonio has valuable language in ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-04-15 09:59 - 0 comments