Ethics Committee Current Minutes

TCMA Ethics Committee
August 16, 2016 9:00 a.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; Robert Hanna, City Manager Abilene; Bob Hart,
City Manager, Kennedale; Chad Nehring, City Manager, Center; David Moss, City Manager,
Southside Place; Jared Miller, City Manager, San Marcos; Zina Tedford, City Secretary, Shavano Park; Allen Barnes, City Manager, Gonzales; Jeff Johnston, Assistant City Manager, McAllen; Deval Allums, Account Executive, Siemens Industry; Bill Atkinson, Assistant City Manager, Missouri City; Carol Buttler, City Manager, La Marque; Vince DiPiazza, City Manager, Uvalde; Rolando Fernandez, Assistant Director of Contract Management, Austin; Jerry Flemming, City Manager, Iowa Park; Andrew Fortune, Assistant to the City Manager, Grand Prairie; Andrew Freeman, Assistant City Manager, Plainview; Henry Hill, Deputy City Manager, Frisco; Bill Hill, City Manager, Marble Falls; Mike Hodge, City Manager, Marble Falls;
Philip Rodriguez, City Manager, Athens; Kevin Troller, Assistant City Manager, Baytown; Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager, Bryan

Staff: Kim Pendergraft

Nick Finan called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. and thanked everyone for participating.

Ethics Complaints
Nick reported the status of ethics complaints.

Ethics Articles
Committee members will provide ethical questions and answers (scenarios/responses) to Kim by September 15. They will be used for the monthly Ethics Corner in the TCMA newsletter. A meeting will be scheduled to discuss details for each issue.  Nick and Kim will work with Ethics Committee Vice Chair Valerie Bradley and Matt McCombs, City Administrator, Aubrey on editing. Committee members Deval Allums, Vince DiPiazza, Philip Rodriguez, and Jeff Johnston also offered to assist.

Certified Ethics Trainers
Nick provided background and the status of certified trainers and ethics training for trainers. He also requested that committee members who have presentations of ethics training to send them to Kim to compile a library.

Advanced Online Ethics Course
Nick provided a report on the status of the advanced online ethics course. Monthly newsletters previously written on each tenet is being used as the foundational material. Committee members Nick Finan, Curtis Schrader, Rolando Fernandez, and Mike Hodge are currently developing content for tenets 1, 2, and 3. Robert Hanna, Bob Hart, Hugh Walker, and Chad Nehring volunteered to assist. Bob will begin working on a video introduction to the course. Carol Buttler, Jared Miller, Andrew Fortune, David Moss, and Alan Barnes volunteered to provide case studies for the course as needed. Dion Miller volunteered to help develop the course beginning with tenet 4. Nick and Kim will meet to further discuss format and the software presentation capabilities.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m.