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Don't Wait Until There Is a Crisis

Tap into ICMA's vast knowledge base to get the training and peer assistance services you need to foster an ethical workplace.

For more information or to schedule local government ethics training and technical assistance services, contact Martha Perego, Director of Member Services and Ethics, at or 202-962-3668.

View other ICMA ethics resources here.

Ethics Training Descriptions

Training: Promoting an Ethical Culture

Overview: Designed for leadership and management teams, department directors, and first-line supervisors.

Topics include:

Values of Public Service

Why Culture Matters

  • Culture clashes and lessons learned using real life cases
  • The importance of accountability and clear messages

Ethical Fitness Test: Using the results of the pre-assessment, identify areas of strength and potential weak spots

Ethics in the Trenches

  • Define and evaluate ethical issues
  • Tools for decision making

Strategies for Building an Ethical Organization

  • Leadership roles
  • Promoting and reinforcing ethics


Training: Public Trust Is Our Working Capital

Overview: Designed for leadership and staff.

Topics include:

Personal Values

  • The role of personal, professional, and public service values
  • Lessons learned from values clashes, using case examples

Building Ethical Habits

  • Excuses and pressures that get in the way
  • Why ethical approaches are easier
  • Creating the environment to encourage ethical questions

The Ethical Continuum

  • Legal compliance is the starting point
  • The benefits of high standards

Steps for Ethical Leadership

  • How to “do the right thing”
  • The power of public service values

Case Discussions


Training: The Role of Managers in Building an Ethical Organization

Overview: Designed to help supervisors and managers learn ways to spot and deal with tough issues that arise in the workplace. Available in 2 to 4 hour sessions.

Topics include:

Ripped from the Headlines

  • Headlines no one wants to see

Ethics fundamentals

  • Principles turned into actions
  • Values which are the foundation of public service

Everyday ethics

  • Case scenarios: What are the choices? What should you do?

The role of supervisors and managers

  • Strategies and tools for fostering an ethical organization


Training: Elected Officials and the Public Trust

Overview: Interactive workshop reinforces the principles of public service, presents a framework for tackling tough ethical issues, and inspiring champions for ethical leadership.

Topics include:

Appearances Are Everything

  • Headlines no one wants to see
  • Life in the fishbowl

The Inspiration of Democracy

  • The roots of public service values
  • Our leadership opportunities

Right, Wrong or Gray

  • Identifying and addressing common issues

Steps for Ethical Leadership

  • How to “do the right thing”
  • Advice from successful leaders