In today’s episode, I address one of my pet peeves: The sloppy and promiscuous use of the term “conflict of interest” as applied to municipal officials. This most recently came to my attention during the fracas about funding options for the Safety Center.
Conflicts of Interest: Real or Bogus?
City of Northfield
State of Minnesota
League of Minnesota Cities
- Conflict of Interest (PDF), handout from the 2012 Leadership Conference for Newly Elected Officials.
- Official Conflict of Interest (PDF), general principles of various conflict of interest laws including prohibited gifts, statements of economic interest, conflict of interest in contracting, non-contractual conflict of interest, incompatibility of office. Includes model forms.
- Additional resource – Handbook for Minnesota Cities, ch. 8, City Administrative Staff (PDF)
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