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ICMA members are invited to provide feedback on Tenet 4 of the ICMA Code of Ethics.
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Tenet 4 was first added to the Code in 1952 as: "The city manager keeps the community informed on municipal affairs. He emphasizes friendly and courteous service to the public. He recognizes that the chief function of the local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all the people on a non-partisan basis."
In 1972, the language was simplified and moved to its current position at No. 4 in the Code: “Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all of the people.”
The importance of keeping the community informed was not deleted. Emphasis on a duty to communicate with the public along with providing effective and courteous service are reflected in Tenet 9. The Tenet 4 guideline was added in 1972 and has remained untouched ever since.
Length of Service. A minimum of two years generally is considered necessary in order to render a professional service to the local government. A short tenure should be the exception rather than a recurring experience. However, under special circumstances, it may be in the best interests of the local government and the member to separate in a shorter time. Examples of such circumstances would include refusal of the appointing authority to honor commitments concerning conditions of employment, a vote of no confidence in the member, or severe personal problems. It is the responsibility of an applicant for a position to ascertain conditions of employment. Inadequately determining terms of employment prior to arrival does not justify premature termination.
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