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Coates Spring/Summer 2010

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W hy are public officials now required to receive ethics training? Because making legal and ethical decisions is sometimes complicated, as the following situations illustrate: An issue before your city board is the award of an economic development incentive to a com- pany in which you, as a board member, are a salaried employee. Should you be excused om voting on the issue? You are a county board member and your board is considering the award of a special use per- mit to a company owned by your brother. You have no association or financial interest in your brother's company or the project. Must you be excused om voting? ese are just two of the issues that were discussed in recent ethics training sessions of- fered by the School of Government, in partner- ship with the NC League of Municipalities and the NC Association of County Commission- ers. ese sessions were held in response to the legislation passed by the NC General As- sembly in July 2009 requiring board members to receive ethics training and requiring local governing boards to adopt codes of ethics by January 1, 2011. Between August 2009 and April 2010, more than 2,800 local elected of- ficials participated in ethics training sessions held in 16 regional locations across the state. In an effort to reach as many public officials as possible, ethics training was incorporated C oates C onnection Vo l . 9 No. 1 Sp r i ng / Su m m e r 2 0 1 0 Highlights in this issue 2 Message from the Dean 4 Municipal and County Administration Course Graduates 6 School of Government News & Notes 8 Recent Gifts and Grants 10 New Foundation Board Members 11 Frequently Asked Questions 12 David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professorship Campaign 14 Contributing Friends MANdAted ethICS tr AINING WIdeLy AVAIL ABLe to LoCAL eLeCted offICIALS S c h o o l o f G o v e r n m e n t , U N C - C h a p e l H i l l Ethics training was offered as part of the Essentials of Municipal Government course and this year's Regional LeaderShop Founded by Albert Coates in 1931 as the Institute of Government, the School of Government provides educational, advisory, and research services for state and local governments. To learn more about the School, visit www.sog.unc.edu or call 919.966.5381. (continued on page 3)

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