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Ethics, Accountability and Conflicts of Interest

Municipal Training Old Saybrook

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ethics, Accountability and Conflicts of Interest

60 Old Boston Post Road
Acton Public Library
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration beings at 8:30 a.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


  • 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

CCM PRESENTERS back to top

Murtha Cullina LLP, Attorneys at Law

Kari L. Olson

Joseph B. Schwartz

COST back to top

  • Non-Members - $120 per attendee, (see registration info below)
  • FREE to CCM-Members, (see registration info below)

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