Code of Ethics
CODE OF ETHICS
Members of the Association of Municipal Administrators of NB must adhere to the following Code of Ethics and Standard of Conduct. An individual who applies for membership will pledge to adhere to the following:
- Be dedicated to the concepts of effective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials and be committed to the belief that professional general management is essential to the achievement of this objective.
- Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by local government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical attitude toward local governance and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.
- Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honour and integrity in all relationships in order that the member may merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other officials and employees, and of the public.
- Recognize that the chief function of local government, at all times, is to serve the interests of the broader community.
- Submit policy proposals to elected officials, provide them with facts and advice on matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals, and uphold and implement municipal policies adopted by elected officials.
- Recognize that elected representatives of the people are entitled to the credit for the establishment of municipal policies; responsibility for policy implementation rests with Municipal Administrators.
- Make it a duty to continually improve the member's professional ability, and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.
- Keep the community informed on local governance, encourage communication between the citizens and all municipal officers; emphasize friendly and courteous service to the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.
- 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.
- 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.
- Seek no favour; believe that personal enrichment or profit secured by confidential information or by misuse of public time is dishonest.
Date approved by Board of Directors: April 12, 2013.
Adopted by the general membership of AMANB-AAMNB at the 2013 Annual General Assembly effective 13 June 2013.