Certified City of Ethics

Certification under the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) Certified City of Ethics Program is a way to recognize cities and city officials that have adopted principles and procedures that offer guidance on ethical issues and a mechanism to resolve complaints at the local level. In addition, this program increases public trust and confidence in city governments and their services through the training and recognition that this program promotes.

Residents and businesses expect efficiency, inclusiveness, and ethical leadership from local government.

Aspire to be a KLC Certified City of Ethics.

Any KLC member city may apply for this multi-faceted certification program by following these steps:

  • Review the KLC model ethics ordinance and make any necessary changes to your current ordinance. 
  • Send your updated city ethics ordinance to be reviewed by KLC to ensure that it meets the minimum standards set out in KRS 65.003.
  • Adopt a resolution establishing the six ethics principles to govern the conduct of your city's officials and employees and submit it with an application to KLC.
  • All elected officials and ethics board members must complete intense City Ethics Ordinance training provided by KLC.
  • Achieve Certification

Program Costs

The initial review time to make certain that the ordinance complies with KRS 65.003, preparation for training, and the actual training will be $500.00 and is due and payable 30 days from the completion of training. 

Additional costs associated with this program will be mileage from the KLC office to and from the training location and any per diem or hotel if required. The need to spend the night will be determined on a case-by-case basis. These costs will be billed to the city at the completion of this program. If more than one city can be trained within one travel period, the additional travel costs will be divided between the two cities.