Code of Ethics
- A member shall be dedicated to the concept of effective
and democratic local Government by responsible elected officials and
believe that professional management is essential to the achievement
of this objective.
- A member shall affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered
by government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical
attitude toward local Government and a sense of social responsibility
as a trusted public servant.
- A member shall be dedicated to the highest ideals of honour and
integrity in all public and personal relationships in order that the
merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other
officials and employees and of the public.
- A member shall recognize that the chief function of local government
is at all times to serve the best interests of all of the people.
- A member shall provide elected officials with facts and advice on
matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting goals
and a member
shall uphold, implement and execute policies adopted by elected officials.
- A member shall refrain from political participation in the election
of the members of the employing legislative body and from all political
activities which could impair the member's performance as a professional
administrator or which could harm the member's employer.
- A member shall endeavour through education and by other means available
to continually improve the member's ability as a professional administrator
and a member shall endeavour to develop the competence and abilities
of associates in the use of management techniques.
- A member shall endeavour to keep the community informed on local
Government affairs; encourage communication and dialogue between the
the public and the officers and employees of local Government; emphasize
friendly and courteous service to the public and seek to improve
the quality and image of public service.
- A member shall endeavour to resist any encroachment on the member's
professional responsibilities, believing that members should be free
to carry out
official policies without interference, and a member should endeavour
to handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle
- A member shall endeavour to handle all personnel matters fairly
- A member shall not enter into any agreement or undertake any activity
which may be in conflict with the interests of the member's employer
or which would prejudice the performance of the member's professional
- A member shall inform his employer of any interests, affiliations
or relationships which the member's employer might reasonably be expected
to be informed of.
- A member may be subject to suspension or expulsion from membership
in the Society pursuant to the Local Government Managers' Regulation
at the discretion of the Discipline Committee and may be struck from
the register of members in any of the following instances:
i) If the member's conduct arising through incompetence or otherwise
is incompatible with the best interests of the public or of the
members of the Society or tends to harm the standing of the Society
ii) If the member is convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment
for five (5) or more years or an offence under section 123, 124 or 125
of the Criminal Code (Canada); or
iii) If the member fails or refuses to abide by and comply with the
Local Government Managers' Regulations, the Bylaws of the Society or
requirement given to the member by the Board of the Society, the Practice
Review Committee or the Discipline Committee.
(The above was an excert from slgm bylaws passed April 26/98)