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Effective Council/Manager Relations
April 20, 2012 Public Sector Roundtable
For municipalities, the ethical expectations for public officials flow from the form of government under which the city operates, according to Frank Benest, senior advisor to the International City/County Management Association. Benest addressed the April 20, 2012, meeting of the Ethics Center's Public Sector Roundtable, which focused on ethical challenges that can arise in council-manager cities. In the council-manager form of government, an elected council sets policy for the locality and hires a professional city manager to oversee the implementation of those policies.
Tensions can arise between councils and managers over their respective roles, and each can overstep the bounds of the other. Benest led the group in considering three case studies that illustrate some of these ethical issues and offered advice for managing the relationship.
Cases and Other Resources
Jason Baker, Campbell