From staff reports

The City of Sandy Springs received the “Certified City of Ethics” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on June 26.

The designation makes Sandy Springs one of 189 cities in Georgia to receive the honor.

“This is another milestone in the city’s history,” said City Manager John McDonough. “This holds the city accountable to very high standards, standards we are very proud to achieve.”

The voluntary program, developed by a panel of business and government leaders, encourages cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and a comprehensive model ethics ordinance. The ordinance guides city officials’ conduct in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interest and outside employment. It also contains strong penalty provisions – including public reprimands, fines and removal from office – for city officials who violate the ordinance.

A panel of attorneys reviewed the ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria set by GMA. The city received a plaque and is now authorized by GMA to use a “Certified City of Ethics” logo on its stationery, road signs, city vehicles and other uses.

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 500 member cities.