Ethics for Local Elected Officials Live and On Demand Webinars
This is the webpage for the yearly Live and On Demand Webinars for Ethics training for local elected city and county governing board members. These webinars satisfy the 2 clock hours of local ethics training required by state law for elected and appointed members of city councils and county boards of commissioners. This training is required to be completed within 12 months of election day and is required every time they are elected, re-elected or appointed to a local office.
The LIVE webinar is May 18, 2016 10am-12noon and is $125 for your whole board and takes place every May. You can purchase it in March of each year from this page. You will also receive the On Demand Webinar at no additional charge when you purchase the Live webinar. See further instructions below and in the Preparation Checklist.
The ON DEMAND webinar is available June-October 2016 and is $125 for your whole board and can be purchased separately from the Live webinar. The On Demand webinar can be purchased from this page June-October of every year. The On Demand webinar can be watched as many times as needed and from any desktop before October 31st. (portable devices do not always work). After October 31st, the next online opportunity will be the following May again.
What you need to know before you purchase.
A. Webinars are non-refundable once purchased so purchase carefully >
B. Who this training does NOT cover:
Individuals serving on state boards subject to the State Government Ethics Act (SGEA): Local elected officials who also serve on a state board that is subject to the State Government Ethics Act (SGEA), including local community college boards, are required to take ethics training that is offered through the State Ethics Commission. The SOG ethics-training program for local elected officials does NOT satisfy the state ethics training, and the state ethics training does NOT satisfy the local elected official ethics-training which is offered through this page. Consequently, local elected officials who also serve on a state board subject to the SGEA, must take both the state and the local ethics training programs. Officials who need to complete state ethics training should:
- Contact their ethics liaison for training, or
- Complete the online training available on State Ethic Commission website: (http://www.ethicscommission.nc.gov/education/default.aspx)
Local ABC Boards: For individuals who serve on a local ABC board, there is a separate training required. The SOG ethics-training program for local elected officials does NOT satisfy the local ABC Board training, and the local ABC Board training does NOT satisfy the local elected official ethics-training. Here is the link to the webinar page for local ABC Boards.
School Boards: Please contact your School Board Association for further information.
C. A note to boards:
Boards are advised to give special meeting notice for ethics training sessions if a majority of the board might be in attendance at the event. This is in keeping with the spirit of the ethics law, and out of an abundance of caution concerning the legal requirements for board meetings.
Purchasing the Webinar
A. Who should purchase from your unit:
- The person coordinating the webinar should be the one to purchase it in his/her name. This person will be responsble for receiving the access link which is sent to the email address used to purchase the webinars. It will be up to this person to communicate and/or complete the WEBINAR PREPARATION CHECKLIST section section further down this page.
- Is your board attorney watching the webinar? The NCBar requires attorneys on your board who wish to claim CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credit to purchase the webinar separately in their name. These webinars are pre approved for your attorneys to claim 2 hours of General CLE credit (not Professional Responsibility Credit).
- Do you have to purchase the webinars for each person watching from your board? No. Purchase the webinar one time for your unit. (except for attorneys noted above). Our shopping cart indicates you should purchase a course separately for each person attending. This does not apply to these webinars.
- Adding firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your contacts will increase the chance of the email getting through.
If you need a receipt, make sure you print the confirmation page at the end of the purchase process. Our registration department can also provide a receipt/invoice if you need one.
Issues with purchasing? Simply email our registration department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for issues with the registration/purchase process, passwords, or logging in. Provide your phone number and brief summary of your issue and someone from that department will contact you shortly. This is the fastest way to get assistance as there are multiple people in that department who can respond to you quickly.
Be Prepared for the Webinar:
To be reviewed/completed at least 1-2 weeks prior to the LIVE webinar or 3-5 days prior to viewing the On Demand webinar. Click on the following link to test your equipment, find out where to get your forms, and how to access the webinar. PREPARATION CHECKLIST
Materials for the Webinar:
3 items that need to be printed and available to participants: You will use these during the webinar( The below are links to the documents. Due to technical issues, they do not look like links)
Other Resources you may wish to have:
- PDF of the Presentation
- Blog Posts Compilation
- Ethics and Conflicts of Interest (Article 7 from County and Municipal Government in North Carolina (see below note)
NOTE: The County and Municipal Government in North Carolina Book-2nd edition which contains Article 7 above has just been released. This reference book provides a comprehensive treatment of the legal foundations, organization, and the administration of the North Carolina's counties and cities. This book describes the legal framework and common administrative practices that are currently in use and explains what counties and cities in North Carolina do, and how they do it. It is designed to meet the needs of elected and appointed county and city board members and employees who carry out the day-to-day functions mandated and authorized for local governments. It is available hard bound or electronic versions. You can find the book by clicking here. Articles can also be purchased individually.