Carl and Statham were among the 21 Georgia cities recently recertified as “Cities of Ethics” by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).
Statewide, 216 cities have earned this designation.
The City of Ethics program was developed in 1999. The purpose of the program is to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance.
The ordinance must contain definitions, prohibited conduct and due process for officials accused of violations in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interests and outside employment. The ordinance must also contain penalties for city officials who violate the ordinance.
Every four years, cities who have met the initial requirements to be listed as a “City of Ethics” must be recertified.
“There is a much stronger focus on ethics right now, and we’re pleased that cities have led the way on this important issue,” said GMA executive director Jim Higdon.
As part of the certification process, a panel of attorneys reviews city ethics ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria set by GMA.
Once certified, cities received a plaque and are authorized by GMA to use a “Certified City of Ethics” logo on city stationery, road signs, city vehicles and for other uses.
This year, five Georgia cities - Blairsville, Dalton, Dunwoody, Lovejoy and Rochelle - were added to the list of “Cities of Ethics.”
In addition to Carl and Statham, Aragon, Blythe, Byron, Carnesville, Cave Spring, Cedartown, Covington, Good Hope, Hahira, Hampton, Harlem, Hawkinsville, Kennesaw, Morrow, Rome, St. Marys, Stone Mountain, Tybee Island and Winterville were recertified as Cities of Ethics.
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 500 member cities.
Statham is a city of ethics? What a joke. Last year they raised water prices 60% on city water users so they didn't have to raise property taxes by 1% on everyone. Not surprising when some of the corrupt city council members own large parcels of land in Statham.
This article is laughable. Statham is ethical?? Oh I see.
So we're overlooking the corrupt city council are we? The fact that the city raised water rates by 60% in order to avoid hiking up taxes on land by 1%, which of course would have been detrimental to most of the city council because they all own large parcels of land. Since the majority of homeowners in Statham own smaller lots, raisin the taxes would have been the most economical and fair solution for everyone, yet here we are. Oh and did anyone notice that when new people run against the Statham city council voter turnout goes from the average of 200 votes to 1000? Thats odd. Oh and then if you really want corruption, they flush the water system into our drinking water now, so we get to drink and bathe in the sludge they're trying to wash out of the tanks and PAY for it. I guess the city council enjoys their bottled and delivered water. This whole awards thing is a joke anyway, made up by some committee so these little towns can pat themselves on the back and pretend they aren't the corrupt, bloated corpses of dishonesty that they are. Enjoy your award, it is truly undeserving!