Fellows learn about ethics in local government at #MACoCon – Conduit Street

MACoCon attendees learned about ethics in local government as part of the Academy of Excellence in Local Governance.

During the main Academy session of the MACo 2022 Summer Conference, “Ethics“, the participants of the Academy discovered the public ethics ordinance as generally required by state law and discussed the often fine line between legal and ethical behavior. The class illustrated the differences through real-life scenarios and small group discussions.

The session course was taught by local attorney and ethics expert Ernest Crofoot and moderated by Baltimore City Council member Odette Ramos.

Crofoot offered some easy-to-follow rules for local elected officials and county staff:

  1. Act on the assumption that your actions will always be made public.
  2. If in doubt, don’t.
  3. It is much easier to get into things than to get out of them.

Academy for Excellence in Local Governance County Scholars must complete 8 core courses and 6 elective credits.

The Academy of Excellence in Local Governance is a volunteer certificate program for county and municipal elected and appointed officials. The program provides a solid foundation of skills and knowledge needed by local government leaders. It was founded by MACo and MMLis facilitated by University of Maryland School of Public Policyand is sponsored by the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT).

While the session was open to all MACoCon attendees, Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance earned base credit for their attendance.

The session took place on August 17, 2022 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.

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