A NC Local
Government Blog post yesterday made me aware that there have
recently been some very public conflict of interest issues involving
North Carolina's alcoholic beverage control (ABC) system, the state
liquor sales program, which allows
each city and county to have a local alcoholic beverage control board
and employees (163 boards in all). ...
Can the government ethics enforcement community learn anything from a
successful experiment in the crime enforcement field? With tongue only
partly in cheek, I will try to show ways in which the government ethics
enforcement community could learn a thing or two.
Political activity by local government employees can be a sign of misuse of office. And when election problems arise, they generally involve local
government employees, as has happened in Essex County (NJ; home of
Newark), according to an
article in Friday's Star-Ledger.
The principal problem with political activity involves patronage, the...
Baltimore Mayor Resigns
Baltimore's mayor resigned on Wednesday, fortunately after being
convicted of the crime of embezzlement (albeit for $500 in gift cards)
rather than the ethics violation (not yet tried) of failing to include
gifts on her financial disclosure statement (see Baltimore
Tallahassee takes a compliance approach to ethics. Its ethics code is
aspirational, based on core values. Its ethics training employs a
Character First approach. Conflicts of interest are only a small
portion of a program that ranges from personnel and transparency issues
to harassment, discrimination, and fraud.
This is not the sort of ethics program usually discussed in this blog,
because it is not what is...