City Manager Pat Crook and councilmen Alan Towe, Erwin Holcomb and Connie Morrow attended the the Georgia Municipal Association's 78th Annual Convention.
City officials were on hand to accept recognition of Adairsville being named a "Certified City of Ethics." Six Georgia cities were recognized with that distinction at the convention. The total number of Certified Cities of Ethics in the country numbers 200. Others recognized cities in Georgia were Cordele, Lake Park, Millen, Quitman and Sharpsburg.
During the convention, councilmen Morrow and Holcomb received the Certificate of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute
The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Recognition, a city official must complete a minimum of 42 units of credit. The training program consists of a series of more than 40 six-unit courses.
The voluntary "Certified City of Ethics" program, developed by a panel of business and government leaders, encourages cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and a comprehensive model ethics ordinance. The ordinance guides city officials' conduct in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interests and outside employment. The ordinance also contains strong penalty provisions - including public reprimands, fines and removal from office for city officials who violate the ordinance.
"The 'City of Ethics' program recognizes cities that make a tangible commitment to ethical conduct," said GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon. "This program helps provide greater trust in government and sends the message that cities are dedicated to establishing standards of ethics. We applaud these cities for taking this step and congratulate them on receiving this designation."
A panel of attorneys reviewed the ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria set by GMA. The cities received a plaque and are now authorized by GMA to use a "Certified City of Ethics" logo on city stationery, road signs, city vehicles and for other uses.
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 500 member cities.