ICMA promotes ethical conduct by providing confidential advice to members, offering insight on real world issues in Public Management (P.M.) magazine's monthly column, Ethics Matter!, and providing guidance to local government officials. 

Topics of Interest

Access ethics advice along with real world examples published in P.M. magazine. Can't find your issue and in need of ethics advice? ICMA members can contact Jessica Cowles, ICMA's ethics director, at jcowles@icma.org

 Advocacy for Issues of Personal Interest


 Appointment Commitment


 Ballot Measure Issues

 Length of Service

 Conflicts of Interest

 Personal Relationships

 Consulting and Outside Employment

 Personnel and Equal Opportunity  Issues


 Policy Issues

 Dual Roles

 Political Activity

 Elected Official Relationships

 Professional Respect/Courtesy

 Employment and Compensation Issues

 Recall Elections

 Endorsements and References


 Equity and Inclusion

 Reporting Unethical Conduct


 Running for Elected Office

 General Ethics Guidance

 Social Media


 Supporting a Candidate for Elected Office

 Interim/Retired Managers

 Volunteer Service