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  1. How to Undermine Trust in the Ethics Process

    ... the city council enforce the ethics code], I would like to hear about it.” According to an article yesterday on in Tulsa, this is what the chair of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-12 19:52 - 0 comments

  2. How Bystanders Can Put an End to Political Bullying

    It should come as little surprise to people involved in local government that a New York Times article ... doesn't go along, and staying loyal to those in control so that they aren't excluded themselves. What's ... target. Only bystanders are truly in a position to put an end to political bullying. And it doesn't take too many of them. I am ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-06-10 06:55 - 0 comments

  3. How to Deal Responsibly With a Conflict That Falls Between City and State Ethics Codes

    ... conflict is clear. Such a situation exists with respect to a council member in Bellevue, WA, a Seattle suburb, with the extra twist ... development projects" along its track. According to an article on the Publicola website , the council member's firm owns $50 ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-02-16 14:41 - 2 comments

  4. How to Bring Contractors Into the Ethics Process

    ... had worked as a subcontractor, had no obligation to disclose the conflict, so no charges were filed against it. The DA does not ... from both sides means that official and contractor both have an interest in following rules and procedures; the alternative is a conspiracy ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-11-19 14:39 - 0 comments

  5. Council Chair and Chamber Director: How Conflicting Are These Positions?

    Without giving it any thought, it would be hard to think of a better fit than a city politician running the local chamber of ... of local businesses. A local chamber of commerce is also an organization in which certain companies from certain industries predominate, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-03-27 09:48 - 0 comments

  6. How Much of a Company Must an Official Own Before There Is a Conflict of Interest? - A Story from Missouri

    ... must be owned by a government official in order for there to be a conflict of interest. The figure chosen for ethics codes is usually 5%. ... with the city, in which the official or employee has an ownership interest, except a public corporation in which the official or ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-09-26 08:11 - 1 comment

  7. The Positive Effects of Applicant Disclosure, and How to Enforce It

    Applicant disclosure is an effective part of local government ethics that is usually ignored. Usually it is officials who are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest, either in the form of ... their relationships with officials. If they are required to publicly disclose these relationships and, if they do not, risk losing their ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-08-25 08:29 - 0 comments

  8. How a Mayor's Special Obligations Affect His Right to Remain Silent

    right to remain silent.jpg Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney raised an issue in a column this weekend that I feel should be taken seriously. ... two of the current D.C. mayor's campaign aides confessed to having paid a mayoral candidate, and offered him a job in the coming ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-05-29 07:24 - 0 comments

  9. How to Unsettle a Settlement Agreement

    What happens if an ethics commission enters into a settlement agreement in which an official admits to certain conduct in violation of the jurisdiction's ethics code, and then the ... says he did nothing wrong, but felt it was best for everyone to pay the fine and move on? Well, according to an article in yesterday's ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-24 19:12 - 0 comments

  10. How ECs Can Preserve Their Full Allotment of Members

    ... the city's mayoral election), no longer has enough members to hold an official meeting. The seven-member board has three members, and it needs ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-01-18 16:15 - 0 comments