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suggesting that because of this official's campaign rhetoric, the developer will not get a fair
shake and therefore, the official must recuse.
Must the official recuse?
Of course not. There is a profound distinction between campaign rhetoric and governance. Moreover, it would be a remarkable
state of ethical affairs if a candidate could be
elected on a platform of limited or no growth,
and the very rhetoric that resulted in their
election serve as a disqualification to their
ability to impact public policy. That official can
vote on those issues, and should do so based
on the law, their independent judgment, and
the dictates of their conscience. Moreover,
and ideally, that very official will receive guidance from the county attorney on the legal
implications of their decision-making. If, in
fact, the official's decision with respect to
any particular initiative runs afoul of law, an
adversely affected individual or entity has
remedies they may pursue in the courtroom.
2. But I Want To Recuse
Some local enabling legislation and charters stipulate that if no conflict exists, an official must vote on all matters. I am a staunch
advocate that elected officials were elected
to represent their constituencies in both the953298_UGA.indd
legislative and administrative decisions of
the governing authority. I firmly believe that
in the face of a true conflict of interest or
appearance of impropriety, recusal is required
to secure confidence in government and the
integrity of the process. However, I also believe
that voting when there is no conflict or unsavory appearance is equally mandatory. As
such, if there exists no financial, property, or
familial interest requiring recusal-and there
likewise is no emotional or personal interest of
such magnitude that independence of judgment
is impaired, then an elected official cannot,
and should not, recuse to avoid a difficult or
controversial decision. That official must stand
in the breach and cast their public vote.
Ethics is a choice. It is a mindset. It is a
decision to embrace the letter-and more
importantly-the spirit of ethical governance.
That choice begins with you. The choice you
make is critical to ensuring confidence in
government and your success in office. ■

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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Spring 2019

President’s Message
Director's Desk
Ethics on the Edge
Avoid Property Tax Increases by Managing Revenues
EPD’s STAR Program Keeps Georgia Counties and Rights-of-Ways Clean
2019 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
College Underserved Community Partnership Program
Hurricane Michael: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Working with Hard-to-Count Communities
Reduce the Friction with a County-Wide Community Development System
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover2
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 3
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 4
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 5
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 6
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 8
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Director's Desk
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Ethics on the Edge
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 11
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 12
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 13
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Avoid Property Tax Increases by Managing Revenues
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 15
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - EPD’s STAR Program Keeps Georgia Counties and Rights-of-Ways Clean
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 17
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 2019 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 19
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - College Underserved Community Partnership Program
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 21
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Hurricane Michael: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 23
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 24
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Working with Hard-to-Count Communities
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 26
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 27
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 28
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 29
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 30
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Reduce the Friction with a County-Wide Community Development System
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 32
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover3
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover4
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