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Code of Ethics – Administrators

Taken from ASPA National Council – March 27, 1985


  • Demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, honesty and fortitude in all our public activities in order to inspire public confidence and trust in public institutions.
  • Serve in such a way that we do not realize undue personal gain from the performance of our official duties.
  • Avoid any interest or activity which is in conflict with the conduct of our official duties.
  • Support, implement, and promote merit employment and programs of affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity by our recruitment, selection, and advancement of qualified persons from all elements of society.
  • Eliminate all forms of illegal discrimination, fraud, and mismanagement of public funds, and support colleagues if they are in difficulty because of responsible efforts to correct such discrimination, fraud, mismanagement or abuse.
  • Serve the public with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness, recognizing that service to the public is beyond service to oneself.
  • Strive for personal professional excellence and encourage the professional development of our associates and those seeking to enter the field of public administration.
  • Approach our organization and operational duties with a positive attitude and constructively support open communication, creativity, dedication, and compassion.
  • Respect and protect the privileged information to which we have access in the course of official duties.
  • Exercise whatever discretionary authority we have under law to promote the public interest.
  • Accept as a personal duty the responsibility to keep up to date on emerging issues and to administer the public’s business with professional competence, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Respect, support, study and when necessary, work to improve federal and state constitutions and other laws which define the relationship among public agencies, employees, clients, and all citizens.

(Proposed and adopted 9/10/90)