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85th Anniversary Of The ICMA Code Of Ethics

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Ethics has been fundamental to the local government profession and ICMA. During the 85th anniversary of the ICMA Code of Ethics, take this quiz to test your knowledge of the Code and the values it promotes. (To see an explanation of the correct answer, please click 'View Answer' on the next question following your selction. )

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In what city was the ICMA Code of Ethics adopted?
    • A. 

      Hygiene, Colorado

    • B. 

      Second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world

    • C. 

      Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

    • D. 

      Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania

  • 2. 
    In the same year that the ICMA Code of Ethics was adopted, what other event took place?
    • A. 

      Delaware becomes the first state

    • B. 

      N’SYNC goes “Bye Bye Bye”

    • C. 

      The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is held

    • D. 

      The discovery of what’s in a hotdog

  • 3. 
    What's the best way to seek ethics advice should you need it?
    • A. 

      Ask your attorney

    • B. 

      Shake a Magic 8 Ball

    • C. 

      Crack open a fortune cookie

    • D. 

      Call or email ICMA ethics staff

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT an inherent value of the Code of Ethics?
    • A. 

      Integrity

    • B. 

      Penmanship

    • C. 

      Honesty

    • D. 

      Equity

  • 5. 
    With whom does the ethics-enforcement process initiate?
    • A. 

      ICMA Executive Board

    • B. 

      ICMA ethics staff

    • C. 

      ICMA Executive Director

    • D. 

      ICMA Committee on Professional Conduct

  • 6. 
    What group of ICMA members is required to abide by all Tenets of the Code?
    • A. 

      Those in service to a local government

    • B. 

      Only Full (Corporate) members

    • C. 

      All members

  • 7. 
    Which of the following would be acceptable conduct under the Code?
    • A. 

      Having a public works mechanic change the oil in your daughter's car

    • B. 

      Wearing white shoes after Labor Day

    • C. 

      Going to the Super Bowl with tickets you received from a city vendor

    • D. 

      Resigning a position within a year because your commute is awful

  • 8. 
    When a member violates the Code, it really means that one or more of the guidelines have been violated.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Rumor has it that the city council is thinking about raising the personal property taxes on motor vehicles.  The budget analyst, who just bought a Vespa that she is already struggling to afford, is totally against the tax increase.  Of the following, how can she voice her objections and still abide by the Code of Ethics?
    • A. 

      Write a letter-to-the-editor denouncing those council members who favor the increase

    • B. 

      Along with the 'Baby on Board' sign, put a "vote no tax increase" bumper sticker on her scooter

    • C. 

      Run for city council on a no tax increase platform

    • D. 

      Sign a recall petition that targets council members who are proponents of the increase

  • 10. 
    A city manager is a finalist for two manager positions and has applications pending in other communities.  One of the cities asks him to come in for a final interview. He goes to the interview, is offered the job, and given a draft employment agreement to review.  As soon as he gets home, he calls the mayor to accept the position.  Right after hanging up, the manager sees that he's missed a phone call.  The call is from another city wanting to offer him its position.  The second city is closer to his aging parents and the position pays 25% more than the position offered in the first city.  Which of the following is the best ethical option for the manager?
    • A. 

      Report to work in the first community

    • B. 

      Withdraw his acceptance and negotiate with the second community

    • C. 

      Turn down both communities and wait to hear news on the pending applications

    • D. 

      Use the offer in the second community to rework the employment agreement in the first

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      Halt the roofing work and pay the company for the time and materials utilized to date

    • B. 

      Email the members of the governing body the next day to inform them about her roofing work

    • C. 

      Let the work continue and pay the bill at the job’s completion

    • D. 

      Publicly disclose her use of this contractor and recuse herself from any discussion and decision pertaining to the bid

  • 12. 
    Each year, the county provides each staff member with professional development funds to use at their discretion for work or personal development.  A recently hired project manager used his professional development money to attend a social media conference.  After Tweeting this and Facebooking that, he was about to leave when his name was chosen to win a door prize – a Kindle, a device used to wirelessly download and read books and magazines.  What is the best ethical solution for the project manager and the Kindle?
    • A. 

      Keep it and enjoy book pages not blowing around in the wind

    • B. 

      Sell it, repay the county for the conference fee, and keep any remaining money

    • C. 

      Inform his supervisor about the situation and follow county policy devoted to prizes and gifts