My Edmonds News video: April 23 council/staff communications workshop

The Edmonds City Council hired a consultant — Jim Reid of the Falconer Group – to conduct a workshop on council/staff communications.  The first of these was Wednesday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m.-noon in City Hall’s Brackett Room. My Edmonds News was there to tape the meeting, and we offer it here for public viewing

 

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7 Comments

  1. Great to see open conversation and team building going on with the counsel and the directors.

  2. I hope many citizens of Edmonds will find the time to view this workshop – it provides great insight into the City’s leadership team made up of Mayor Earling, staff and City Council.

    One thing that stood out to me were the values stated, such as integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, accountability, equality, fairness, trustworthiness and courage. If these values are shared and true, much good can come out of this process.

  3. Following are excerpts from an email just sent to Council President Buckshnis (remaining council blind cc’d):

    I have reviewed the City of Edmonds Workshop Agenda for this Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Much emphasis is placed on a discussion of Council members’ VALUES.

    Per my viewing of the April 23, 2014 workshop as well as the summary of such dated May 16, 2014, it is apparent that there is one major oversight of a commonly held VALUE from the Workshop Agenda.

    That VALUE is the VALUE of Fairness and Equality. Fairness and Equality was mentioned by at least 3 Council members, which is more than the number of Council members that mentioned Service, Creativity and Innovation, and Leadership.

    I believe that the lack of Fairness and Equality at the City is a Core problem that has haunted our City and its citizens for years.

    Please add the critical VALUE of Fairness and Equality to the Workshop Agenda for this Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

    Many of the Edmonds City Council members’ stated VALUES are discussed extremely well in Shoreline’s Code of Ethics. I hope all of you will have time to read Shoreline’s Code of Ethics before this Wednesday, May 21, 2014. I think a solid Code of Ethics that applies to Mayor, staff, elected and appointed officials is critical to the City of Edmonds efforts to become a “high performing” City.

  4. Ken, I agree with you. The council has been looking at this I believe for almost 2 years, Would be interesting to know why they havent just adopted Shorelines or other cities good codes. On January 18th 2011 the council was advised that they were not employees of the city so were not subject to the city employment policy,code of conduct or ethics. Government some times move rather slowly

  5. Thanks for your comments Don. I think it is very important that we adopt a solid, comprehensive Code of Ethics that applies to Mayor, staff, City Council and all appointed officials. Shoreline worked hard on theirs and I think it can help us with ours. I believe our Code of Ethics should reflect the values discussed during the recent workshop, including integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, accountability, equality, fairness, and trustworthiness.

    It is not just enough to establish a Code of Ethics – there also needs to be a process for enforcing it. The City of Monroe has addressed this by forming a Board of Ethics and codifying the procedures for processing ethics complaints. Monroe’s related Code section is 2.52.040, which starts as follows:

    2.52.040 Board of ethics – Public officials.

    There is hereby created a board of ethics for city of Monroe public officials. The purpose of this board is to issue advisory opinions on the provisions of this code of ethics and to review and report to the city council on any alleged violations of the code of ethics, all as set forth below. The board shall also provide recommendations on amendments to the ethics ordinance, as directed by the city council:

    A. Composition. The board of ethics shall be composed of five members. None of these may be a public official, city employee or immediate family of either. The mayor shall appoint the board members, with the confirmation of the city council. The board of ethics must be citizens of the United States and residents of the city they serve for at least one year before their appointment to the ethics board.

  6. I just noticed that the Agenda for today’s City Council Workshop has been revised.

    Instead of adding the critical VALUE of Fairness and Equality to the Workshop Agenda, the list of “common” values has been REMOVED from the agenda along with the question:

    What do those values mean?

    A new question has been added:

    Do we all agree that this is the kind of Council we aspire to be in the next year?

  7. I attended a majority of yesterday’s City Council Workshop and was disappointed by the lack of time spent discussing values and the meaning of those values. The reason I decided to invest the time to attend the workshop is that I hoped values would be a main focus. I believe values help form the basis of a strong Code of Ethics.

    In particular, I was hoping for a discussion about fairness and equality. As stated earlier, I believe that the lack of Fairness and Equality at the City is a Core problem that has haunted our City and its citizens for years.

    I am becoming more and more interested in the relationship between the City’s perceived liability exposure and ethics. I want to know if my elected officials are strongly committed to ethical conduct even if being ethical possibly increases the City’s liability exposure.

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