Government officials, employees focus on ethics in the workplace

2013-09-30T21:00:00Z 2013-10-01T00:44:07Z Government officials, employees focus on ethics in the workplaceElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
September 30, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | Government workers from Northwest Indiana gathered Monday night at Teibel's restaurant to discuss ethics in the workplace.

Elected officials and municipal workers from Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Highland, LaPorte County, Lowell, Munster, Schererville, Whiting and Gary attended the dinner and training hosted by the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

Calvin Bellamy, the commission's president, said the goal of the night was to create an ethical culture in Northwest Indiana. Each table had a variety of employees and elected officials from the participating cities.

He said this is the first year elected officials attended the training. The commission sent a survey to municipal workers and many indicated they wanted elected officials to also attend the training.

After dinner, the group listened to a presentation by David Limardi, the Midwest regional director for International City/County Management Association.

Limardi went over examples of public officials, including some from Chicago, who broke the public's trust by putting themselves in unethical situations.

"There's an epidemic of people doing the wrong thing," he said. "Our own federal government might stop tonight because they don't see the gray."

Dave Decker, a LaPorte County commissioner, said it was his first time attending the training. He said he had attended similar training years ago, and thought Monday's session could serve as a refresher.  

"I'm looking to see if my ethics are as good as they are suppose to be," he said.

Ralph Crews, who serves on the East Chicago human rights commission, said it was his second year attending the training. The city sent about 20 to 25 people to the training.

"Everyone should have some knowledge about ethics," he said.

After the presentation, each table discussed case studies of ethical problems each city could face. One study focused on accepting trips from a company that is bidding for a city contract.

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