Agenda Report # 48
SUBJECT: GMA Recertification City of Ethics Program
INITIATED BY: City Manager’s Office
Recommendation: Approval is requested to recertify as a “Certified City of Ethics” and if approved accept recognition from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).
Background: The Columbus Consolidated Government first applied in December 2000 to become a Certified City of Ethics and was awarded the designation January 2001 and again in 2017. To remain certified, cities must recertify as a Georgia Certified City of Ethics. The purpose of this requirement is to make sure that the importance of ethical conduct in public service and the requirements of the city's ethics ordinance are brought to the attention of newly elected officials and regularly reinforced for incumbent officials. Additionally, recertification will provide the GMA Ethics Certification Committee with an opportunity to ensure that any changes to the city's ordinance since the original certification preserve the key element necessary for participation in the program.
The city of Columbus is strongly encouraging every member city to participate in the Certified City of Ethics Program, as opinion polls continue to indicate a low level of confidence in public officials. GMA believes participation in this program is a proactive step we can take to let our constituents know that we stand for an honest and ethical government.
Analysis: The CCG realizes that Certification under this program is a way to recognize cities that have adopted principles and procedures that offer guidance on ethical issues, along with a mechanism to resolve complaints at the local level.
Financial Considerations: There are no financial obligations imposed.
Legal Considerations: Council is the approving authority for all resolutions.
Recommendations/Actions: Approval is requested to apply for recertification and if approved accept recognition from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) as a “Certified City of Ethics.”