At tonight’s city council meeting I made the motion to adopt the city’s first Code of Ethics.
It’s been almost a year since my August 28, 2015, post, Lawful But NOT Ethical was published. In it, I highlighted the absence of any formal ethical standards, outside of state law, in our city government. The misdeeds that have resulted from this gap in conscience were finally in focus. As expected, no standards of ethics would ever be established until voters elect a new mayor and change the majority of the city council with officials who are guided by a compass; committed to transparency and accountability.
I was the first to make ethics an issue, urging citizens to compel our city’s leaders to enact standards of ethics, which had, until tonight, fallen on deaf ears.
Thomas Jefferson described elected officials as holding “a public trust,” and standards of ethics helps bolster that trust!