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Ethics, Accountability and Conflicts of Interest

Municipal Training WEBINAR

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Ethics, Accountability and Conflicts of Interest


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


What do conflicts of interest have to do with ethics?

Public service is always about protecting the common good, which may be defined as the common conditions that are important to the welfare of everyone - police, fire, parks, libraries, and other public services. A public servant must always put the common good ahead of any personal, financial, or political benefit they might receive - from a decision about where to situate a park or who should collect the garbage.

Also, conflicts of interest interfere with the basic ethical principle of fairness and treating everyone the same. A public official should not take unfair advantage of his or her position by voting on a matter that could benefit them at the expense of others.

Finally, conflicts of interest undermine trust. They make the public lose faith in the integrity of governmental decision making processes. This program will outline best practices in developing an ethics commission and tips on avoiding conflicts of interest.

An interactive discussion will provide answers to some tough questions:

1) Can you accept gifts, and if so, what are the limits?

2) Is it acceptable for a Mayor or First Selectman to hire or appoint a family member even if the appointee is the best person for the job?

Bring your questions to the session and learn how to manage the tough situations.


  • Learn how to establish and operate an ethics commission.
  • Outline steps to develop a code of ethics for your town or city.
  • Learn how to avoid and resolve conflicts of interest.
  • Find out what's legal, appropriate, and fair regarding gifts, travel expenses, outside employment, and nepotism

CCM PRESENTERS back to top

Kari Olson
Murtha Cullina


    • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers
    • Council Board Members
    • Town/City Attorneys
    • Ethics Commission Members
    • Finance Directors
    • Personnel Directors
    • Purchasing Agents
    • Town Clerks
    • Department Supervisors
**This seminar may provide participants with MCLE credits required under the new rule of the Judges of the Superior Court. To determine whether this seminar would qualify you for MCLE credits please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions about the new MCLE requirements by clicking here.

COST back to top

FREE to individuals who are elected, appointed, or employed by muncipalities that are CCM Members.

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HOW TO REGISTER back to top

CLICK HERE to be redirected to GoToWebinar, where attendees can register..

Please contact CCM Training at or call (203) 498-3037.

CCMO back to top

Due to current conditions, CCM is not holding in-person trainings for participants in the CCMO program to earn credit hours. However, CCM would still like to provide opportunities to work toward completion in the program. 

Participants who attend the live broadcast of this webinar will earn 3 credit hours of Organizational Development. 



Fine Print back to top

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