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Mayors Coalition Hosts Ethics Training for Elected Officials

Aug 10, 2018

The Cumberland County Mayors Coalition brought together members of the governing boards of the county’s nine municipalities for ethics training and a presentation on economic development efforts on Aug. 9 at the Crown Complex Ballroom. 

Frayda Bluestein and Norma Houston of the UNC School of Government conducted “Ethics Training for Local Government Officials.” By state law, local elected officials must complete the training within 12 months of the date of their election or appointment, and then again within 12 months of their re-election or re-appointment.  The training requirement is triggered each time the official is re-elected or reappointed to office. 

The training covered legal requirements and ethical considerations and obligations for elected officials. Attendees received a presentation with scenarios and examples of situations and decisions often faced by elected officials, as well as opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussions.


The Mayors Coalition consists of the mayors of the county’s nine municipalities and the chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. Falcon Mayor Clifton Turpin Jr. is the coalition chairman and Hope Mills Mayor Jackie Warner is vice chairman. Elected officials, managers and clerks representing Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Spring Lake, Eastover, Falcon, Godwin, Linden, Stedman and Wade attended. Cumberland County Government and the Cumberland County Board of Education were also represented.


“The training we received provided very good information from very qualified people,” Turpin said of the training. “The different subjects, scenarios and examples covered today will help us make pertinent decisions as elected leaders.”


A luncheon and presentation by the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation followed the ethics training. FCEDC President Robert Van Geons provided information and updates about ongoing economic development projects; issues faced by Cumberland County in recruiting industry; the infrastructure, labor and quality of life factors that go into economic development; and the need for collaborative branding between the county, cities and towns.


Turpin said he was pleased by strong attendance from the Mayors Coalition and the information received during the ethics training and the FCEDC presentation.


“We’ve got to be able to come together in one meeting and things will start happening,” Turpin said. “I want our jobs here and our people staying here instead of looking for other places to live and work. I want everyone to be proud of Cumberland County just as I am proud of Cumberland County.”