ICMA Ethics Code Highlights

Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by government and maintain a constructive,
creative, and practical attitude toward local government affairs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.

Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order that the member may merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other officials and employees, and of the public.

Members should conduct themselves so as to maintain public confidence in their profession, their local government, and in their performance of the public trust. 

Members should conduct their official and personal affairs in such a manner as to give the clear impression that they cannot be improperly influenced in the performance of their official duties. 

When becoming aware of a possible violation of the ICMA Code of Ethics, members are encouraged to report the matter to ICMA.

Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all of the people. [which includes government employees]

Submit policy proposals to elected officials; provide them with facts and advice on matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals; and uphold and implement local government policies adopted by elected officials. 

Resist any encroachment on professional responsibilities, believing the member should be free to
carry out official policies without interference, and handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle and justice. 

Handle all matters of personnel on the basis of merit so that fairness and impartiality govern a member's decisions

Seek no favor; believe that personal aggrandizement or profit secured by confidential information or by misuse of public time is dishonest. 

Members should not directly or indirectly solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift--whether it be money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, promise, or any other form--under the following circumstances: (1) it could be reasonably inferred or expected that the gift was 
intended to influence them in the performance of their official duties; or (2) the gift was intended to serve as a reward for any official action on their part. 

It is important that the prohibition of unsolicited gifts be limited to circumstances related to improper influence. In de minimus situations, such as meal checks, some modest maximum dollar value should be determined by the member as a guideline.

Members should not represent any outside interest before any agency, whether public or private, except with the authorization of or at the direction of the appointing authority they serve. 

Members may, however, agree to endorse the following, provided they do not receive any compensation: ...(3) products and/or services in which the local government has a direct economic interest. 

Members' observations, opinions, and analyses of commercial products used or tested by their local governments are appropriate and useful to the profession when included as part of professional articles and reports. 

NCCCMA is the North Carolina State affiliate of ICMA.

Jim Westmorland


Chris Wilson, Wesley Reid and Mary Vigue


Nelsie Smith


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