Here's a what-not-to-do scenario of a sort that is too rarely
included in ethics training. And yet it's one that could save a lot
of officials, as well as ethics programs, a great deal of trouble,
and help maintain public trust in local government.
According to an
article in Tuesday's Miami Herald
, a Miami
commissioner, who was pulled over for a traffic violation, called
the police chief, who called the police officer's commander, who
called the officer. The commissioner was let off with a warning,
which is what the officer says he would have done anyway. In other
words, it was an unnecessary interference with the justice system by
a high-level city official. This kind of minor abuse of office
happens all the time.