Sandy Springs Receives City of Ethics Designation

(7/9/2007) - The City of Sandy Springs received the “Certified City of Ethics” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah June 26. There are now 189 cities in Georgia which have received the designation.

“This is another milestone in the City’s history,” said City Manager John McDonough. “This holds the City accountable to very high standards, standards we are very proud to achieve.”

The voluntary program, developed by a panel of business and government leaders, encourages cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and a comprehensive model ethics ordinance. The ordinance guides city officials’ conduct in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interests and outside employment. The ordinance also contains strong penalty provisions – including public reprimands, fines and removal from office – for city officials who violate the ordinance.

A panel of attorneys reviewed the ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria set by GMA. The City received a plaque and is now authorized by GMA to use a “Certified City of Ethics” logo on our stationery, road signs, City vehicles and other uses.

The cities of Buford, Cleveland, Danielsville, Darien, Dillard, Fayetteville, Flemington, Milton, Nashville, Nicholson, Sale City, Suwanee and Union City also received the designation, which is now in its eighth year.

For more information on the City of Sandy Springs, visit www.sandyspringsga.org or call 770-730-5600. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 500 member cities.