Ethics Committee Current Minutes

TCMA Ethics Committee
August 3, 2015 2:00 p.m.
Conference Call

Members of the committee present at the meeting included:  TCMA Ethics Committee Chair
Nick Finan, Executive Director of Management Services/City Secretary, Texas City; Dion Miller, City Manager, Tulia; Curtis Schrader, City Administrator, Sundown; David Vela, Deputy City Manager Abilene; Rick Chaffin, City Manager, Corinth; Micah Grau, Assistant City Manager, Hutto; Zina Tedford, City Secretary, Shavano Park; Allen Barnes, City Manager, Gonzales;
Jeff Johnston, Assistant City Manager, McAllen; Deval Allums, Account Executive, Siemens Industry; Kevin Carruth, City Manager, Rockport; Anna Doll, Deputy City Manager, Grand Prairie; Rolando Fernandez, Assistant Director of Contract Management, Austin; Andrew Freeman, Assistant City Manager, Plainview; Bob Hart, City Manager, Kennedale; Bill Hill, City Manager, Shavano Park; Mike Hodge, City Manager, Marble Falls; Matthew Mueller, Town Manager, Little Elm; Chad Nehring, City Manager, Center; Jimmy Stathatos, Town Manager, Flower Mound; Isaac Turner, City Manager, Taylor

Staff: Kim Pendergraft

Nick Finan called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. and thanked everyone for participating.

Newsletter Articles
Nick reported the status of ethics articles published in the monthly newsletter The Committee discussed and assigned additional monthly topics to begin publication in January 2016 to include:

  • Working with peers (Jimmy)
  • Political activity (Bob and Nick)
  • Filing and process of an ethics complaint (Nick)

On a motion by Curtis and a second by Kevin, the Committee recommends to the Board that an annual report be published in the newsletter to include committee activity and the number and status of ethics cases filed.

Status of Ethics Cases
Nick reported there are no pending ethics cases.

Tenet 12
On a motion by Curtis and a second by Micah, the Committee recommends to the Board the ICMA updates to tenet 12.

Train the Trainers Course
The Committee reviewed and updated the current list of approved ethics trainers. Each member on the list and the Ethics Committee will be invited to attend the next Train the Trainers course on October 23 in Austin. Nick and Kim will develop an invitation to the training.

Additional Ethics Training
The Committee discussed an ethics training template and an advanced online course. Ideas will be generated at the next meeting. Jeff, Curtis, Rolando, Mike, and Nick volunteered to develop the course.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.