A failure to deal responsibly with one's conflicts of interest has
ramifications beyond the loss of public trust, and all the serious
problems that arise from this loss. This failure can also lead to
litigation and the overturning of actions by local government officials.
"Ceremonial function" is one of those terms that is found in many local
government ethics codes (but not the City
Ethics Model Code). However, it is rarely defined except, occasionally, in advisory opinions. The term is generally used to exclude certain gifts from
being either disclosed or considered gifts at all. The result is lots
of free, undisclosed tickets to sporting events, especially for mayors...
blog post on Maricopa County, I referred to the problem of
harassment and intimidation by government officials against other
officials and employees. I have also referred in the past to the even
serious problem of harassment, intimidation, and ad hominem attacks by
officials against citizens. There is a new sort of fear...