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									            2004 ACMA WINTER
               CONFERENCE
WHO
       WANTS
                    TO
                      BE
                        AN
                          ETHICAL
                                        PUBLIC OFFICIAL?


 PLAYING TO WIN     $1,000,000                IN ACMA BUCKS$$
 February 5, 2004          Moderator: Jim Keene
                                      (Regis wanna be)
                                      Contestants: To be selected from
                                     ACMA Members
 WHO WANTS TO BE AN ETHICAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL?
        PLAYING FOR ACMA BUCKS$$$


WHO WANTS TO BE AN ETHICAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL? PLAYING
FOR ACMA BUCKS$ is based upon the t.v. show "Who Wants To Be
A Millionaire?" It has the same steps and progression for the
contestants to win $1 million by correctly answering multiple choice
questions on ethics. There is one lifeline: call a friend, contestants may
ask the audience for help. Audience members will have an opportunity
to be contestants.

The basis for the proposed correct answers is consistency with the
values of the ICMA codes of ethics and generally accepted ethical
principles.

The presentation is based on the premise that discussion of ethical
issues and principles can be both informative and entertaining.
                         $100
          A County Manager is issued a
              county credit card.
               She can use it to:

A. Pay for meals and             B. Take her family out to
   lodging while traveling          dinner.
   on County business.

C. Buy the airline tickets for   D. Buy a bottle of scotch for
   her second honeymoon             her favorite county
   as long as she repays the        commissioner.
   county.
                                 *
            $100
A County Manager is issued a
    county credit card.
     She can use it to:


    A. Pay for meals and
       lodging while traveling
       on County business.
                      $200
  One of your friends sends you an email at work
containing one of the funniest jokes you have ever
 seen. It is off-color both in language and visuals.
        What should you do with the email?

 A. Send it to select co-          B. Send it only to your
    workers who you think             brother-in-law and
    will enjoy it.                    immediately delete it.

 C. Send it to a select list of    D. Delete it before anyone
    your MMASC colleagues             else sees it.
    who you think will enjoy it.


                                                               *
                  $200
  One of your friends sends you an email at work
containing one of the funniest jokes you have ever
 seen. It is off-color both in language and visuals.
        What should you do with the email?


               D. Delete it before anyone
                  else sees it.
                   $300
  Which of the following can a Council person
         pass on to a City employee?




A. Discount coupons to an   B. An insider stock tip on
   amusement park              the Council person’s
                               company

C. Rolex Wristwatch         D. None of the above




                                                         *
              $300
Which of the following can a Council person
       pass on to a City employee?




            D. None of the above
                          $500
During a heated discussion with several council
members, your Assistant Manager is blamed for a
 costly mistake that you actually made. You're
quite certain the false accusation won't harm her
    career; however the truth could hurt you.
                 What do you do?

A. Recommend that the          B. Remain silent,
   assistant be fired.            admission could cost
                                  you your job.

C. Tell the council that the   D. Buy your assistant a beer
   mistake was yours.             -- sympathize with her
                                  unfair treatment.
                                                         *
                       $500
During a heated discussion with several council
members, your Assistant Manager is blamed for a
 costly mistake that you actually made. You're
quite certain the false accusation won't harm her
    career; however the truth could hurt you.
                 What do you do?

              C. Tell the council that the
                 mistake was yours.
                     $1,000
You accidentally discover that your colleague Linda lied
     on her County employment application and the
 qualifications she lied about were instrumental in her
 being hired by the County. But Linda has consistently
       demonstrated her ability to handle her job.
                  What should you do?

A. Say nothing, what's          B. Ask for her help in
   important is her                enhancing your
   ability to do her job.          resume

C. Discuss it with your        D. Send anonymous
   supervisor and                 letter to the County
   Human Resources                Manager and the
   Director.                      local newspaper.
                                                           *
                     $1,000
You accidentally discover that your colleague Linda lied
     on her County employment application and the
 qualifications she lied about were instrumental in her
 being hired by the County. But Linda has consistently
       demonstrated her ability to handle her job.
                  What should you do?


               C. Discuss it with your
                   supervisor and
                   Human Resources
                   Director.
                         $2,000
As the HR Director you are responsible for hiring a Finance
Director for the City. Sandy, a long time friend of yours has
   applied. You think Sandy could do the job, but other
applicants are somewhat more qualified. As a single Mom
             though, Sandy really needs the job.
                     Do you hire Sandy?


 A. Yes, loyalty is very          B. Yes, golden rule: if
    important, she meets             reversed, would want to
    minimum qualifications.          be hired.
 C. No, my duty to my             D. No, not fair, merit is
    employer is to hire the          important in government.
    most qualified person.

                                                            *
                         $2,000
As the HR Director you are responsible for hiring a Finance
Director for the City. Sandy, a long time friend of yours has
   applied. You think Sandy could do the job, but other
applicants are somewhat more qualified. As a single Mom
             though, Sandy really needs the job.
                     Do you hire Sandy?



                 C. No, my duty to my
                    employer is to hire the
                    most qualified person.
                           $4,000
 You speak on Sunday to an adult forum of a local church on
  City downtown revitalization. The church is located in the
  downtown and is interested in how the proposed projects
     may affect them. At the end of your presentation the
congregation President hands you an envelope containing an
    honorarium check for $50 and explains that "this is in
    appreciation of you giving up your Sunday morning."
                Do you accept the honorarium?

  A. Yes, it conflicts with your   B. No, it’s part of the job, no
     golf game or the NFL             extra compensation.
     game of the week.

  C. Yes, beyond normal            D. Yes, but you promise to
     duty -- you missed time          donate it to your favorite
     with your family.                charity.
                                                                   *
                         $4,000
 You speak on Sunday to an adult forum of a local church on
  City downtown revitalization. The church is located in the
  downtown and is interested in how the proposed projects
     may affect them. At the end of your presentation the
congregation President hands you an envelope containing an
    honorarium check for $50 and explains that "this is in
    appreciation of you giving up your Sunday morning."
                Do you accept the honorarium?


                 B. No, it’s part of the job, no
                    extra compensation.
                         $8,000
   City police officers meet each day for lunch at a nearby
 restaurant. You are a recent Police Academy graduate and
newly hired. You join the other officers for lunch. As you go
   to pay the check, you notice that the amount has been
 reduced by 50%. When you question the cashier she says,
 “the owner is glad to have you officers around.” The other
         officers pay their reduced checks and leave.
                        What do you do?

 A. Thank the owner for the      B. Pay the full bill -- no
    discount and ask if it          gratuities to public
    covers breakfast and            employees
    dinner also.
 C. Accuse the owner of          D. Pay the discounted bill
    trying to bribe you and         but leave an equal
    arrest him.                     amount as a tip.
                                                              *
                         $8,000
   City police officers meet each day for lunch at a nearby
 restaurant. You are a recent Police Academy graduate and
newly hired. You join the other officers for lunch. As you go
   to pay the check, you notice that the amount has been
 reduced by 50%. When you question the cashier she says,
 “the owner is glad to have you officers around.” The other
         officers pay their reduced checks and leave.
                        What do you do?

                  B. Pay the full bill -- no
                     gratuities to public
                     employees
                       $16,000
As a City/County Manager you are asked to endorse various
                  products and services.
Which of the following endorsements can you ethically do?

  A. A T.V. promotion           B. Provide a favorable
     endorsing the USC-MPA         comment on the good
     program for a fee.            work the contractor did
                                   on the building project
 C. Provide favorable              for use in a promotional
    comments on the work           brochure
    an engineering firm did     D. Review and comment on
    on a drainage project for      a GIS book that a friend is
    an article that they are       writing for use by local
    doing in a public works        government professionals.
    magazine.                      The comments will help
                                   market the book.         *
                      $16,000
As a City/County Manager you are asked to endorse various
                  products and services.
Which of the following endorsements can you ethically do?



                C. Provide favorable
                   comments on the work
                   an engineering firm did
                   on a drainage project for
                   an article that they are
                   doing in a public works
                   magazine.
                             $32,000
  As the new Assistant City Manager, it is your job to get control over the
     City Utility Department. You find serious mismanagement and are
   surprised that the City Manager didn’t get this situation under control
     sooner. The biggest error that you find is that the city over billed
 customers outside the city limits. The errors no longer occur because a
 new software update has eliminated them. You can’t tell from reviewing
    the records whether anyone reported this to the City Manager. The
 system is in debt, rates were raised substantially last year and the higher
rates are a hot issue in the current Council election campaign. Repaying
the overcharges would have a serious financial impact on city. Disclosure
    would also damage bond ratings and public confidence. Since the
  auditors have not found this mistake, it probably will not be discovered
              unless the City makes it known. What do you do?
  A. You do nothing because the           B. You send records to the Mayor
       over billed customers don't live       in other city.
       in your City.
                                          D. You declare whistle blowers
  C. You take the issue to the City           status and call a press
       Manager and recommend                  conference to announce the
       restitution to the customers.          error.                     *
                            $32,000
  As the new Assistant City Manager, it is your job to get control over the
     City Utility Department. You find serious mismanagement and are
   surprised that the City Manager didn’t get this situation under control
     sooner. The biggest error that you find is that the city over billed
 customers outside the city limits. The errors no longer occur because a
 new software update has eliminated them. You can’t tell from reviewing
    the records whether anyone reported this to the City Manager. The
 system is in debt, rates were raised substantially last year and the higher
rates are a hot issue in the current Council election campaign. Repaying
the overcharges would have a serious financial impact on city. Disclosure
    would also damage bond ratings and public confidence. Since the
  auditors have not found this mistake, it probably will not be discovered
              unless the City makes it known. What do you do?

                       C. You take the issue to the City
                            Manager and recommend
                            restitution to the customers.
                               $64,000
 As Parks and Recreation Director you are pleased that the
       City Manager and Council have approved your
  recommendation to upgrade five playgrounds. It is your
 responsibility to obtain bids, identify the lowest bidder and
   then make a recommendation to the City Manager and
Council. One manufacturer is so confident of his product line
 that he offers to pay for you and your spouse to spend the
     weekend visiting another City which purchased the
                          equipment.
                     What should you do?
  A. You accept the vendor's offer        B. You turn down the offer, might
      and list the trip on your               compromise your objectivity.
      financial disclosure form.
                                          D. You contact the other bidders
  C. You believe it is in the City's          to arrange similar free trips to
      interest to pay for your visit to       ensure there is no favoritism to
      other communities to compare            one vendor.
      the most competitive bids.                                             *
                         $64,000
 As Parks and Recreation Director you are pleased that the
       City Manager and Council have approved your
  recommendation to upgrade five playgrounds. It is your
 responsibility to obtain bids, identify the lowest bidder and
   then make a recommendation to the City Manager and
Council. One manufacturer is so confident of his product line
 that he offers to pay for you and your spouse to spend the
     weekend visiting another City which purchased the
                          equipment.
                     What should you do?


                  B. You turn down the offer, might
                      compromise your objectivity.
                         $125,000
  As ACM you have watched Dan, the City Manager who
  promoted you, drink to excess at private parties and on
 public occasions. You know Dan has driven while drunk
because you were in the car. You know Dan's judgment has
been impaired by alcohol at city Council meetings because
          you have been asked to cover for him.
                     What do you do?

 A. You do nothing so as to not      B. You meet with Dan to request
     risk your relationship with         he get treatment.
     Dan.

 C. You intentionally become         D. You borrow the Police
     drunk and make a fool of            Department's Breathalyzer to
     yourself at a public event to       test Dan.
     show Dan the impact of his
     problem.
                                                                   *
                   $125,000
  As ACM you have watched Dan, the City Manager who
  promoted you, drink to excess at private parties and on
 public occasions. You know Dan has driven while drunk
because you were in the car. You know Dan's judgment has
been impaired by alcohol at city Council meetings because
          you have been asked to cover for him.
                     What do you do?


                B. You meet with Dan to request
                    he get treatment.
                                 250,000
     Ann is a new personnel clerk in the Human Resources Department. Her six
months probation ends soon and she is looking forward to her evaluation with her
     supervisor, Steve, the Personnel Manager. She will learn then whether she
 becomes a regular employee. The City has an RFP out to hire a consultant to do
training for the city. Ann comes to work early one day to see Steve hand Sam, the
owner of a training firm, a package of information that looks like the cost proposal
 requirements which is confidential because cost is a factor in the RFP selection
process. Steve and Sam used to work together for the same consulting firm. Sam
   is saying, "Thanks Buddy, I won't forget this. See you soon." He winks as he
  leaves. Steve smiles, says good morning to Ann and goes into his office. Ann,
during her short tenure, has not previously observed any questionable actions by
                            Steve. What should Ann do?

    A. Completely ignore what                 B.   Go to Steve and inquire, if
        she has seen.                              not satisfied share concern
                                                   with Human Resources
                                                   Director.
   C. Ask Steve to contact Sam                 D. Share her concerns with
        for her to work part-time at
                                                   the Human Resources
        his company.
                                                   Director.                     *
                                 250,000
     Ann is a new personnel clerk in the Human Resources Department. Her six
months probation ends soon and she is looking forward to her evaluation with her
     supervisor, Steve, the Personnel Manager. She will learn then whether she
 becomes a regular employee. The City has an RFP out to hire a consultant to do
training for the city. Ann comes to work early one day to see Steve hand Sam, the
owner of a training firm, a package of information that looks like the cost proposal
 requirements which is confidential because cost is a factor in the RFP selection
process. Steve and Sam used to work together for the same consulting firm. Sam
   is saying, "Thanks Buddy, I won't forget this. See you soon." He winks as he
  leaves. Steve smiles, says good morning to Ann and goes into his office. Ann,
during her short tenure, has not previously observed any questionable actions by
                            Steve. What should Ann do?


                        B.   Go to Steve and inquire, if
                             not satisfied share concern
                             with Human Resources
                             Director.
                                $500,000
Louise is a valued, long time employee of the County, worked for you for over 10
   years and is the kind of employee you can depend on to put in extra time and
 effort. In times of crisis, she always rises to the challenge. You really owe her a
    lot. Louise comes to you one day to admit that for some time she has been
"borrowing" money from the petty cash fund and writing false receipts to cover it.
 It was never much, usually $25 or $30 and she always repaid it. Her conscience
    bothers her so much now that she had to confess. You are surprised at her
  actions as her previous conduct has been exemplary. Under personnel policy,
                         her action could result in dismissal.
                                    Do you fire her?


   A. Yes, she committed                      B. Yes, she may do it again and
        misdemeanor criminal                       it sends the wrong message to
        offenses and warrants                      employees.
        dismissal.
   C. No, because you probably                D. No, but you reprimand and
        would not have found out if                suspend her while removing
        Louise didn't confess and you              any responsibility for County
        want to encourage employees                funds from her.
        to admit mistakes.
                                                                                   *
                               $500,000
Louise is a valued, long time employee of the County, worked for you for over 10
   years and is the kind of employee you can depend on to put in extra time and
 effort. In times of crisis, she always rises to the challenge. You really owe her a
    lot. Louise comes to you one day to admit that for some time she has been
"borrowing" money from the petty cash fund and writing false receipts to cover it.
 It was never much, usually $25 or $30 and she always repaid it. Her conscience
    bothers her so much now that she had to confess. You are surprised at her
  actions as her previous conduct has been exemplary. Under personnel policy,
                         her action could result in dismissal.
                                    Do you fire her?



                          D. No, but you reprimand and
                             suspend her while removing
                             any responsibility for
                             County funds from her.
                               $1,000,000
  As Personnel Director you learn at an Executive Management meeting
that the City Manager's proposed budget contains major reorganizations
 and reductions in managerial staff due to City financial constraints. One
proposal will result in the termination of David a close friend of the family.
  The City Manager, whose judgment you respect, mentions Dave’s poor
     performance and as the meeting ends reminds everyone that the
   discussion is confidential as usual. As you leave, you remember that
    David is about to make a substantial down payment on a new home.
                               What do you do?



  A. You do and say nothing as              B. Tell David immediately and
       directed by the City Manager.            directly as that is what friends
                                                are for.
  C. Say nothing and help David            D. Tell David and other City
       get another job when the time           employees that budget cuts
       comes.                                  mean that a shake-up is
                                               imminent -- avoid new
                                               commitments at this time.  *
                               $1,000,000
  As Personnel Director you learn at an Executive Management meeting
that the City Manager's proposed budget contains major reorganizations
 and reductions in managerial staff due to City financial constraints. One
proposal will result in the termination of David a close friend of the family.
  The City Manager, whose judgment you respect, mentions Dave’s poor
     performance and as the meeting ends reminds everyone that the
   discussion is confidential as usual. As you leave, you remember that
    David is about to make a substantial down payment on a new home.
                               What do you do?



                      A. You do and say nothing as
                           directed by the City
                           Manager.
  YOU ARE AN
ETHICAL PUBLIC
OFFICIAL AND A
 MILLIONAIRE!
   $1,000,000

								
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