Ethics are a core element of ICMA’s mission to advance the profession of local government management. Since the development of our Code of Ethics in 1924, ICMA has built an extensive collection of advice on ethics issues, case studies, and model local government documents. In 2018, ICMA partnered with Sacramento State University to track the current status of ethics standards/policies, staffing, and training in local governments. This survey was distributed to ICMA member chief administrative officers to answer on behalf of their local governments, which may operate under council‐manager, mayor‐council, or another form of government. A link to this survey was distributed via email to 3,093 ICMA members affiliated with U.S. municipalities, counties, councils of governments, and special districts. 838 members completed the survey, yielding a response rate of 27.1%. This report summarizes the survey highlights and overall responses.

To access the survey snapshot for the Ethics in Local Government Survey, click here.


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