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  1. Summer Reading: Corruption and American Politics IV - Wayne Le Cheminant's Essay

    ... it because it works for him personally. In fact, the term "ethical misconduct" (Le Cheminant uses the term "corruption") "becomes a mere rhetorical tool that can be used to describe ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-08-25 05:50 - 0 comments

  2. Pension Forfeiture in Baltimore

    ... or of a county or of a municipal corporation who during his term of office is convicted of or enters a plea of nolo contendere to any crime ... elective office for the remainder, if any, of the elective term of office during which he was so suspended or removed, and all pay and ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-01-15 11:53 - 0 comments

  3. Trust and the Independence of Ethics Enforcement

    ... use the favored, but equally outdated, and inappropriate*, term "witch hunt," then it would become crystal clear that officials cannot be ... one can throw a stone at anything but his foot. * - The term "witch hunt" is inappropriate with respect to government ethics ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-07-11 13:03 - 0 comments

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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