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ICMA promotes ethical conduct by providing confidential advice to members, offering insight on real world issues in Public Management's (P.M.)  monthly column, Ethics Matter!, and providing guidance to local government officials. 


Topics of Interest

Access ethics advice along with real world examples published in P.M.  Can't find your issue or need advice? Contact Jessica Cowles, ICMA's ethics director, at jcowles@icma.org

 Appearance Issues

 Length of Service

 Appointment Commitment

 Media Relations

 Ballot Measure Issues

 Personal Relationships

 Conflicts of Interest

 Personnel and Equal Opportunity Issues

 Consulting and Outside Employment

 Professional Respect/Courtesy

 Dual Roles

 Public Confidence

 Elected Official Relationships


 Employment and Compensation Issues

 Recall Elections

Endorsements and References

 Reporting Unethical Conduct


 Running for Elected Office

 General Ethics Guidance

Supporting a Candidate for Elected Office

General Political Activity




Interim/Retired Managers