12 Oct

Ethics, Accountability, and Conflicts of Interest

Ethics, Accountability, and Conflicts of Interest

Thursday, October 12, 2017 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
3 CE Hours
Griswold Town Hall, Jewett City, Connecticut

What do conflicts of interest have to do with ethics? Public service is always about protecting the common good, which may be defined as the common conditions that are important to the welfare of everyone - police, fire, parks, libraries, and other public services. A public servant must always put the common good ahead of any personal, financial, or political benefit they might receive - from a decision about where to situate a park or who should collect the garbage. Also, conflicts of interest interfere with the basic ethical principle of fairness and treating everyone the same. A public official should not take unfair advantage of his or her position by voting on a matter that could benefit them at the expense of others. Finally, conflicts of interest undermine trust. They make the public lose faith in the integrity of governmental decision making processes. This program will outline best practices in developing an ethics commission and tips on avoiding conflicts of interest. -An interactive discussion will provide answers to some tough questions: 1) Can you accept gifts, and if so, what are the limits? 2) Is it acceptable for a Mayor or First Selectman to hire or appoint a family member even if the appointee is the best person for the job? Bring your questions to the session and learn how to manage the tough situations.

Griswold Town Hall - meeting room
Griswold Town Hall (meeting room)
28 Main Street
Jewett City, CT 06351

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