Versailles achieves ‘Certified City of Ethics’ distinction
The City of Versailles recently received the “Certified City of Ethics” designation. “We are proud to achieve this designation,” said Mayor Brian Traugott, “and we remain committed to operating a transparent government with an added layer of checks and balances to keep our focus on serving only the best interests of our constituents.” The voluntary program, developed by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC), encourages cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and a comprehensive model ethics ordinance. The ordinance guides conduct of city officials and their employees in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interests and outside employment. The ordinance also contains strong penalty provisions – including public reprimands, fines and removal – for city officials and employees who violate the ordinance. The certification process included specific training held on Oct. 17, in which city elected and appointed officials attended, as well as members of the Woodford County Board of Ethics. “With all of the mistrust of government that stems from actions in Washington, D.C., and Frankfort, we decided to undergo this process and assure the citizens of Versailles that we take ethics seriously and remain committed to the highest possible standards of conduct,” added Traugott. KLC has reviewed the Versailles Code of Ethics ordinance and determined that it complies with the criteria set out in KRS 65.003. The city received a “Certified City of Ethics” plaque and is now authorized by KLC to use a “Certified City of Ethics” logo on stationery, road signs, city vehicles and other uses. Based in Lexington, KLC is a voluntary, nonprofit membership association that provides legislative advocacy, legal services, consulting services, and training to more than 360 member cities. KLC also provides insurance and financial services to municipal agencies throughout Kentucky. For more information on the Certified City of Ethics designation, contact KLC at 800-876-4552.