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The Castle Pines City staff are committed to the highest level of community service provided with unquestionable integrity and ethical action. The City Manager, Michael Penny, is an ICMA (International City/County Management Association) Credentialed Manager and all staff operate under the ICMA code of ethics and take action daily in service of the ICMA Declaration of Ideals.

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ICMA CODE OF ETHICS

The mission of ICMA is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide. To further this mission, certain principles, as enforced by the Rules of Procedure, shall govern the conduct of every member of ICMA, who shall:

1.         We believe professional management is essential to efficient and democratic local government by elected officials.

2.         Affirm the dignity and worth of local government services and maintain a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.

3.         Demonstrate by word and action the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in all public, professional, and personal relationships in order that the member may merit the trust and respect of the elected and appointed officials, employees, and the public.

4.         Serve the best interests of the people.

5.         Submit policy proposals to elected officials; provide them with facts, and technical and professional advice about policy options; and collaborate with them in setting goals for the community and organization.

6.         Recognize that elected representatives are accountable to their community for the decisions they make; members are responsible for implementing those decisions.

7.         Refrain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body.

8.         Make it a duty continually to improve the member’s professional ability and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.

9.         Keep the community informed on local government affairs; encourage communication between the citizens and all local government officers; emphasize friendly and courteous service to the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.

10.     Resist any encroachment on professional responsibilities, believing the member should be free to carry out official policies without interference, and handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle and justice.

11.     Handle all matters of personnel on the basis of merit so that fairness and impartiality govern a member’s decisions pertaining to appointments, pay adjustments, promotions, and discipline.

12.     Public office is a public trust. A member shall not leverage his or her position for personal gain or benefit.

Adopted by the ICMA Executive Board in 1924, and most recently revised by the membership in June 2020.

Declaration of Ideals

Members of the ICMA dedicate themselves to the faithful stewardship of the public trust and embrace a shared ideal of management excellence.

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) was founded with a commitment to the preservation of the values and integrity of representative local government and local democracy and a dedication to the promotion of efficient and effective management of public services. To fulfill the spirit of this commitment, ICMA works to maintain and enhance public trust and confidence in local government, to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community. Members of ICMA dedicate themselves to the faithful stewardship of the public trust and embrace the following ideals of management excellence, seeking to:

1.    Provide an environment that ensures the continued existence and effectiveness of representative local government and promotes the understanding that democracy confers privileges and responsibilities on each citizen.

2.    Recognize the right of citizens to influence decisions that affect their well-being; advocate a forum for meaningful citizen participation and expression of the political process; and facilitate the clarification of community values and goals.

3.    Respect the special character and individuality of each community while recognizing the interdependence of communities and promoting coordination and cooperation.

4.    Seek balance in the policy formation process through the integration of the social, cultural, and physical characteristics of the community.

5.    Promote a balance between the needs to use and to preserve human, economic, and natural resources.

6.    Advocate equitable regulation and service delivery, recognizing that needs and expectations for public services may vary throughout the community.

7.    Develop a responsive, dynamic local government organization that continuously assesses its purpose and seeks the most effective techniques and technologies for serving the community.

8.    Affirm the intrinsic value of public service and create an environment that inspires excellence in management and fosters the professional and personal development of all employees.

9.    Seek a balanced life through ongoing professional, intellectual, and emotional growth.

10. Demonstrate commitment to professional ethics and ideals and support colleagues in the maintenance of these standards.

11. Take actions to create diverse opportunities in housing, employment, and cultural activity in every community for all people.