The public is invited to an information session at which Attorney Daniel Olson, assistant legal counsel with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, and Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin will speak to the Wisconsin state statute that pertains to the Code of Ethics for local government officials and employees. The info session takes place Sept. 11, 4:30 – 6 pm, in the Sturgeon Bay City Council Chambers. Olson will explain the statute and how to recognize and avoid conflicts of interest. He will also share some of the pros and cons local communities might consider in deciding whether to develop a local ethics policy. Nordin will explain the steps people can take if they feel an Ethics Code violation has occurred and the legal processes the DA’s office follows should someone officially file a complaint of an Ethics Code violation.
The LWV DC does not have a specific position as to whether a municipality should or should not adopt their own Ethics Policy. However, its members do promote an ethical culture in local government. Equity, transparency, integrity, commitment, and stewardship are standards for excellence in democratic local governance. More information about the League of Women Voters Door County can be found at leagueofwomenvotersdoorcounty.org/.