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About Cityethics

Additional detail about the website, the group, the activities etc.

Brief Bio:

Carla Miller is a global government ethics advisor, former U.S. Federal Prosecutor and founder of CityEthics, a non-governmental organization that provides ethics advisory services to local governments. She has extensive national and international experience in creating anti-corruption and ethics programs for governments and civil society. As a former Fellow of the Harvard University Safra Center for Ethics, she uses the latest research-based techniques to inspire, motivate and empower people to be ethics and transparency champions, while pushing through resistance to their efforts. Carla is skilled at curating and simplifying essential international standards and making it fun to learn critical skills and information. Her passion is to help people to focus on their purpose and increase their skills so that they can be successful in creating positive change in their communities.

Carla has worked for more than 20 years to build a strong ethics program in her home city, Jacksonville, Florida. She was Chair of the local Ethics Commission, helped to draft the City’s first ethics code, served as its first Ethics Officer (as a volunteer), fought for (and won) independence for the Ethics Commission; drafted a successful referendum to establish an Inspector General system; and handled thousands of calls on an ethics hotline. She has been the City’s Ethics Director since 2007. [Read then Mayor Peyton's speech appointing Carla as Ethics Officer on August 28th 2007]

From 2013-2015, Carla was a Network Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University where she developed ethics training programs for municipalities and participated in various research projects.

Executive Director,

Mr McClintock has created the website as the basis for City Ethics Inc. - a non-profit established with the goal of making it easier to establish effective ethics programs in Cities and Counties Internationally.


While you may not see much change yet, we have a whole lot more tricks up our sleeves now !
We have a Core that is running the latest Drupal code (Version 7) which will allow us to make many cool changes in the future without too much effort.

Meanwhile, if you have any difficulties with logging in or accessing resources on the site, please let me know and I will get it sorted.  Please use the "Contact Us" page to let us know what you issue is.


Carla Miller was interviewed by Gregg Fields for a labcast recently. Here's the description from the Ethics Lab website:

Can independent and local government ethics commissions reduce political corruption? Journalist Gregg Fields interviews Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Network Fellow Carla Miller about putting the heart back into government ethics training, and how a shift towards local government ethics initiatives may create an avenue for citizens to have an impact

T3 is a 3-pronged approach to the enhancement of transparency programs and the encouragement of truthful communication in Government ethics programs.
Robert Wechsler

I've just finished reading a book called Illicit by Moises Naim, about the trafficking of everything from people and drugs to artworks and counterfeit DVDs .

One of the things Naim focuses on is why governments have so much trouble putting a dent into any of these types of trafficking. The principal reason is the structure of relationships. Government bureaucracies lose out to increasingly flexible networks of individuals.

In the municipal ethics world, the situation is...