City Council to Crash SMU Ethics Conference

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But two weeks ago Jerry Allen kicked off a meeting of the Dallas City Council's Budget, Finance and Audit Committee by boldly announcing that the city's been "tainted by ethical acts, and the challenge for us is to find ways to establish a clear ethical standard and use it to reduce the negative perceptions that rightly exist with citizens." To which Schutze responded: Bwahaha!

But, look, Jim -- they're serious. So much so they're taking a few minutes out of their Wednesday briefing to field-trip over to the Hilltop, where SMU's Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and the Cox School of Business are holding a daylong conference titled "Ethics, Trust & Transparency: Business, Government and the Case for Voter Concern." Not exactly sure for which panel, though: The council agenda says 10 a.m., which I guess means departure, which would get them to SMU in time for the panel "Ethical Leadership in Government," featuring, among others, Don Fox, acting director and general counsel for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Per SMU's own heads-up, other elected officials from 'round the area will also join in; hence Maguire Center director Rita Kirk's note that their attendance will make "a bold statement about our community's commitment to ethics." (To which Schutze responded ... well, you know.) Those who can't attend, or don't feel like ponying up the $40, can watch here live when the time comes.
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Paul
Paul

Does anyone see the irony in all of this?

A seriously ethics challenged city government and political leaders who can barely spell 'ethics' much less pronounce it without a payoff, being taught by the home of the NCAA 'DeathPenalty' over pay for play.

I don't know if this is a case of the blind leading the blind or the inmates running the asylum.

Spin_Meisters
Spin_Meisters

I am afraid just chemotherapy (Ethics Training) is not going to work, we need extensive surgery to remove the Tumor (Certain City Staff and elected officials)!!!!!! 

RTGolden
RTGolden

Are they going in the hopes of learning the early warning signs that ethical actions are about to be taken?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Freudian slip there, Jerry - Dallas has been tainted by "ethical" acts?

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Dallas City council at an Ethics Conference?  Did they misread it as an 'Ethnics' Conference.  As  far as they have demonstrated, the Dallas City Council has never been near anything ethical before.

BootsOnTheGround
BootsOnTheGround

We are mobilizing to get the required signatures for a recall of certain elected officials. Stay tuned. 

Ronald2
Ronald2

Dallas ethics is an oxymoron.  If you have not seen the latest "ordeal" that involves state senator Royce West's firm, Dallas Redistricting Commissioner Daniel "Corky" Sherman and many other Dallas officials you should see http://LawInjustice.com

Paul
Paul

And of course it is being led by Rita Kirk who was on the Hicks-Muse Board of Directors when her husband Ron Kirk was Mayor of Dallas who had Ron Ware the then City Manager negotiating the terms of the Arena deal who then quit and went to work for Hicks-Muse some 30 days after the election for the arena.

And she is an authority on ethical behavior?

Paul
Paul

Does Dallas even have recall?  Inquiring minds want to know.

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