Government Agency Resources

 

Institute for Elected Municipal Officials
Training programs available two to three times per year in various locations throughout the state, with some materials online. Offered by FLC University, the IEMO is an intensive basic and advanced level academic program, offered only to municipal elected officials, to help them effectively carry out the duties and requirements of their elected roles.

Florida Commission on Ethics
The Florida Commission on Ethics serves as the ultimate arbiter of complaints or questions about the ethical conduct of all elected officials and public employees in Florida. The commission also renders legally binding advisory opinions interpreting the ethics laws, and oversees compliance with financial disclosure requirements by all public officials.

Office of the Attorney General of Florida
Issuing legal opinions to governmental agencies when questioned about specific circumstances, the Attorney General provides non-binding legal advice to municipal attorneys and others on questions of statutory interpretation, including ethical codes of conduct.

The Florida Center for Citizenship
The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship is a partnership between the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida. The Joint Center grew from a 2006 bipartisan effort, launched by Congressman Lou Frey and Senator Bob Graham, to improve civic education in Florida.

John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government
The Florida Institute of Government (IOG) offers an online ethics course, as well as Florida’s Sunshine and public records laws, to help avoid unintended pitfalls. This course has been developed with the support of the Florida Legislature, the Florida Commission on Ethics and the Florida Attorney General's Office and will satisfy the state-mandated annual four hours of ethics-specific training required for elected municipal officials..

Florida City and County Management Association 
The Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) has created an online ethics course to help prospective FCCMA members become more proficient when dealing with ethical issues. It follows the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Code of Ethics, which governs FCCMA members. FCCMA also requires four hours of ethics training annually for current FCCMA members.

Sample Ethics Pledge
Leadership Palm Beach County is one example of an educational nonprofit organization that has begun a community-wide ethics initiative. Part of this effort was the development of an ethics pledge and statement of values.