At the very core of ICMA is the mission to promote an ethical culture in local government.

Code of Ethics: Tenets, Promotion & Enforcement

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ICMA Code of Ethics

The principles outlined in the ICMA Code of Ethics and enforced by the Rules of Procedure govern the conduct of every member of ICMA.

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Ethics Training

An overview of ICMA’s training and technical assistance opportunities.

Enforcing the ICMA Code of Ethics

The ICMA Rules of Procedure, adopted by the ICMA Executive Board, govern the process for enforcing the ICMA Code of Ethics as adopted by the ICMA membership.

On-site & Online Training

Local Government Ethics Training

ICMA currently offers local government ethics training.

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ICMA University Ethics Workshops

An in-depth exploration of ethics and practical tools and strategies for your organization.

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Ethics 101 e-Course

Online ethics training for local government staff.

Member Support: Issues & Advice

Ethics Issues and Advice

Answers to common ethics questions and how to tap ICMA's expertise for advice on ethical issues

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Employment and Compensation Issues

Ethical Scenarios from PM's Ethics Matter!

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Conflicts of Interest

Ethics Scenarios from PM's Ethics Matter! Getting Compensation Right (2012) Ethics Versus the Law...Which One is Better? (2010) Managing Conflicts of Interest (2009) Her Boss Sits on the Interview Panel (2005)


ICMA members are often asked to raise funds for professional association conferences, statewide ballot initiatives, community projects, and other interests.

PM Magazine: Ethics Matter!

Ethical Blind Spots

How to Minimize Their Impact

Making Democracy Work

What Local Government Managers and Staff Bring to the Effort

Stay in Your Own Lane

Managing Roles, Power, and Responsibilities

Upstream Challenges

Here are two real-world incidents that highlight ethical issues that can arise when managers and elected officials fail to understand their roles or they stray across boundaries.