Build Your Skills Toolbox
Examples of integrity and ethics as an elected official include:
- Complying with laws, policies, and rules (e.g. the gift law).
- Fostering ethical behavior among your elected peers and city staff.
- Avoiding conflicts of interest.
- Demonstrating a commitment to democracy and fair process.
League staff are available to answer your questions, share examples from cities around the state, and give you updates on legislation that affects city operations.
Conflict of Interest or Gift Law
Reach out to the League’s Inquiry Service.
Ethics at City Hall
The League’s website features several important resources for elected officials that you can explore as needed.
- A Good Start to Good Governance (PDF) includes excerpts from League resources to help you start strong in your new role.
- The Minnesota Mayors Handbook — a product of the Minnesota Mayors Association, in cooperation with the League — is a starting point for all you need to learn to be a successful mayor. It also includes a discussion of ethics and ethical leadership.
- Handbook for Minnesota Cities includes chapters focused on ethics:
- Informational memos cover a wide range of topics, including Official Conflict of Interest.
- HR Reference Manual covers topics related to workplace issues and behavior.
- LMC Resource Page on Preventing Sexual Harassment.
As a League member, you have access to a wide range of educational and networking opportunities. Find ones that work best for your schedule and learning style. Learn about ways to build relationships with other elected officials for support and networking.