Professional Association Code of Ethics

The hallmark of any professional association is a code of ethics. To remain an active member of OCCMA, members must adhere to the ICMA Code of Ethics. Adopted in 1924, the ICMA Code of Ethics defined the principles that today serve as the foundation for the local government management profession and set the standard for excellence. The Code of Ethics is regularly reviewed to stay current and relevant, with the latest revisions in 2018. Leadership in a management structure committed to equity, transparency, integrity, stewardship of public resources, political neutrality, and respect for the rights and responsibility of elected officials and residents strengthens democratic local governance. 

ICMA Code of Ethics

Professional Resources

OCCMA Members who are also members of ICMA are encouraged to seek confidential advice on issues of ethics by contacting Jessica Cowles, Ethics Director at Those who are not members of ICMA are encouraged to contact members of the OCCMA Ethics Committee. Other resources are available at the ICMA Code of Ethics Webpage.

Complaint Procedure

Should there be any allegation of unethical conduct, members are encouraged to follow the ICMA established enforcement procedures. Please also contact the OCCMA Ethics Committee Chair.   

Oregon Government Ethics Laws

In addition to the professional association ethics, all Oregon public officials are subject to Oregon Government Ethics Laws. These laws provide restrictions on nepotism, conflicts of interest, gifts, campaigning, and more. A guide for public officials was also created by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

Oregon Guide for Public Officials

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