Augusta recertified as City of Ethics

Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:12 PM
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Augusta, Grovetown and Thomson are among 24 Georgia cities recertified last week as Cities of Ethics by Georgia Municipal Association, according to a statement from GMA.

The voluntary City of Ethics program was developed by a panel of business and government leaders in 1999 to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance.

The ordinance must contain definitions, prohibited conduct and due process for officials accused of violations in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interests and outside employment. The ordinance must also contain penalties for city officials who violate the ordinance.

In 2009, GMA began requiring cities to recertify every four years. Augusta and Grovetown first were certified in 2000. Thomson was certified in 2003.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/30/11 - 02:51 pm
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Thomson won an ethics award?!

Thomson won an ethics award?! And why is their mayor all over the news right now again?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/30/11 - 03:05 pm
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BUUUUUUAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

BUUUUUUAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Hoooo, wow, these guys have an awesome sense of humor.

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corgimom 06/30/11 - 03:32 pm
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This is the FUNNIEST news

This is the FUNNIEST news I've heard all day!

Well, maybe Augusta can convince them to hold their next conference in Augusta- increasing the TEE Center bookings from one to two!

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What is the purpose of the Cities of Ethics Program?
Certification under this program is a way to recognize cities that have adopted principles and procedures that offer guidance on ethical issues, along with a mechanism to resolve complaints at the local level.

(Note this part, emphasis mine) The program is not in any way an attempt to sanction past or present conduct by the city or any city official.

Rather, it is an attempt to raise awareness about ethics issues at the local level and provide a local forum for the airing and resolution of legitimate concerns. The use of a local ethics ordinance allows citizens to raise their concerns and participate in the ethics investigation process at the local level, where the voice and influence of the individual citizen is strongest.

What is the process for becoming a City of Ethics?
Two steps are required prior to becoming a certified City of Ethics. First, the city and every member of its governing authority must adopt a resolution acknowledging and subscribing to five ethics principles to govern the conduct of elected officials. The ethics principals to be included in the resolution are:
Serve others, not ourselves
Use resources with efficiency and economy
Treat all people fairly
Use the power of our position for the well being of our constituents
Create an environment of honesty, openness and integrity

This is a knee-slapper!

sjsd17
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sjsd17 06/30/11 - 03:40 pm
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ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ethics and Augusta...in the same story...hahahahahahahahahaha

Unless it's a story on the lack of ethics!!!!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/30/11 - 03:50 pm
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Count yourselves lucky, you
Unpublished

Count yourselves lucky, you could live here in Atlanta and watch as ETHICS went on vacation with Chicago.

mtxbass1
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mtxbass1 06/30/11 - 04:12 pm
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Surely this is an award for

Surely this is an award for lack of ethics. Right? RIGHT?

urright
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urright 06/30/11 - 04:51 pm
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All they had to do was adopt

All they had to do was adopt a resolution--not actually follow it.
Hey--I'm now a Person of Celibacy. (I just have to adopt it--not live by it!)

CarlA
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CarlA 06/30/11 - 04:58 pm
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Seriously!? Is it April

Seriously!? Is it April Fools?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 06/30/11 - 05:04 pm
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Is this a news story or the

Is this a news story or the comics section?

Must be like Who's Who....means absolutely nothing.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/30/11 - 05:20 pm
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What is this, The Onion?

What is this, The Onion?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/30/11 - 05:34 pm
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We have Commissioners

We have Commissioners reminding the Mayor of pay-offs in Commission meetings. We have someone trying to bribe Commissioners to approve the TEE. Hilarious.

TK3
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TK3 06/30/11 - 05:43 pm
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ROFL......The Big Lie told by

ROFL......The Big Lie told by officials and press long enough..is still a lie.

Tinkerbell
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Tinkerbell 06/30/11 - 06:19 pm
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Is there a major TYPO in the

Is there a major TYPO in the headline?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/30/11 - 06:48 pm
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Tinkerbell -- do you mean the

Tinkerbell -- do you mean the missing "not"?

Tinkerbell
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Tinkerbell 06/30/11 - 07:42 pm
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Dixieman...yes, a huge 'NOT'

Dixieman...yes, a huge 'NOT'

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/30/11 - 07:51 pm
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Yeah, well, were the "Garden

Yeah, well, were the "Garden City" too, and I cant even grow a decent bell pepper...

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/30/11 - 08:09 pm
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"Augusta...third to none!"

"Augusta...third to none!"

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/30/11 - 08:24 pm
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Is this
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Is this "cool?"..........(sarcasm)

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/30/11 - 08:25 pm
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Tayler B I can grow every
Unpublished

Tayler B I can grow every pepper know to man in my garden Except a bell....are we accursed?

KSL
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KSL 06/30/11 - 08:37 pm
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And you don't grow bells

And you don't grow bells because?

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/30/11 - 08:52 pm
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Ksl, not sure, they are small

Ksl, not sure, they are small and I guess theres some type of bug eating them. Tomatos are equally worthless...

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/30/11 - 08:56 pm
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I apologize in advance for

I apologize in advance for the threadjack... these peppers are ticking me off though

KSL
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KSL 06/30/11 - 09:13 pm
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Mine are getting smaller too.

Mine are getting smaller too. I guess they need more fertilizer because I'm growing them in pots. There is just not enough of me to go around.

KSL
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KSL 06/30/11 - 09:15 pm
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We've had great luck with

We've had great luck with tomatoes grown upside down in our front yard, where the sun is. Tacky, tacky, tacky, but no complaints from our neighbors. It's where the sun is.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 06/30/11 - 09:17 pm
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Take this over to R&R or I'll

Take this over to R&R or I'll have to remove all of them.

KSL
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KSL 06/30/11 - 09:24 pm
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Evolution in comments is as

Evolution in comments is as interesting as evolution in DNA. But rules are rules. So we abide.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/30/11 - 09:45 pm
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Sorry I got everyone in

Sorry I got everyone in trouble...

KSL
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KSL 06/30/11 - 10:06 pm
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No worries, Taylor B. We are

No worries, Taylor B. We are not really in trouble.

Tinkerbell
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Tinkerbell 06/30/11 - 10:26 pm
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Wow...Thomson was recertified

Wow...Thomson was recertified also and they just had that issue with the mayor and the city worker arise. Surely that incident wasn't ethical.

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Thomson_Mayor_not_stepping_down_after...

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eagle 07/01/11 - 02:12 am
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That's as funny as giving
Unpublished

That's as funny as giving Obama the Nobel Peace Prize!!!

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