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Municipal Program - 2005 COGEL Conference

Municipal Programs

Sunday, Dec. 4: 2:00-4:00pm

Local Agency Roundtable


Carla Miller, Co-Ethics Officer, City of Jacksonville Florida
Helen Valkavich, Assistant City Attorney, San Antonio, Texas
John Steiner, Integrity Officer, Austin, Texas

Cogel's Ad Hoc Committee on Local/Municipal Ethics
Initiatives was formed in 2001 to address the concerns of local government
ethics issues and to share best practices.
At this informal session, we will get to know each other and update the
group with what we are doing in our local ethics programs. We will also discuss the creation of an
"Ethics 101" course that will expose municipalities to the broad spectrum of
ethics programs nationwide.

Monday, Dec. 5: 3:30-5:00pm

Municipal Ethics Programs: Best Practices


Judy Nadler, Senior Fellow in Government Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara
University, California


Peggy Kerns, Director, Center for Ethics in Government, of the National Conference of state legislatures
Ed Charbonneau, Director, Local Government Academy, Northwest Indiana

This panel will review exciting, innovative ideas in municipal ethics rprograms emerging across the United States, spotlighting Northwest Indiana. Research by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will reveal the key areas of ethical dilemmas facing cities today, and offer a case for best practices. We will also review a new video prepared for state legislators on ethics.

Tuesday, Dec. 6: 10:15-11:45am

Municipal Ethics Training: useful or useless ?

Moderator: Joel Rogers, Director of Training and Education NYC Conflicts of Interest Board


Steve Rohan, Co-Ethics Officer, General Counsel's Office, City of Jacksonville, Florida
Cathy Clemens, Administrator, King County Board of Ethics
Linda Doering, Principal Ethics Representative, National Grid Inc.

Is municipal ethics training a tortured process or can it be effective and engaging? How do you measure the success of your training program? We will discuss hard learned lessons from the trenches. There will also be a demonstration of a corporate on-line training program.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: 10:30-11:30

Municipalities: Wrap up and plans for 2006

John Steiner
, Austin Texas

Where do we go from here ?

Depending on the size of the group, we will adjourn for some coffee and creative discussion on how to build our group.