This publication is intended to be a guide assisting city officials in both considering the process of developing and enacting comprehensive codes of ethics and in facing ethical dilemmas on a day-to-day basis. No guide can answer every ethical question faced by municipal officials. We are hopeful, however, that the handbook will provide a framework for municipal officials to make appropriate decisions for the benefit of the citizens that they represent both in terms of their own actions and in terms of the ethics codes they enact. Although a sample ethics code is provided in this publication, it is provided as a guide only and city officials should thoroughly discuss and understand any ethics provisions they plan to adopt and tailor such provisions to the needs of their city and its citizens.
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