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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cranston City Directors Participate in Ethics Training

Cranston City Directors Participate in Ethics Training

CRANSTON, RI—The leaders of every city department attended a training session with a Rhode Island Ethics Commission official on Tuesday as part of the city’s ongoing professional development efforts for employees, Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung announced today.

The session, led by Education Coordinator Jason Gramitt of the Ethics Commission, was a refresher course on state ethics laws that apply to municipal employees as well as an overview of what constitutes a conflict of interest and the factors that can create the appearance of a conflict.

Gramitt provided a detailed overview of the key ethics rules city employees need to know, such as the limit on receiving gifts, restrictions on using city jobs to enrich business associates or family members and when to recuse from decision making because of personal conflicts.

Additionally, Gramitt outlined the Ethics Commission’s role in providing helpful advice and the means for an employee to seek an advisory opinion when the question of whether a conflict exists cannot be immediately determined.

The training session, which was held during the city’s weekly administration staff meeting at City Hall, was organized by the city’s Personnel Director, Daniel O. Parrillo, who has been modernizing and enhancing the city’s human resources functions since he was hired last year. This is one of several ethics training sessions to be held under a Fung administration and Cranston is one of only a small handful of Rhode Island communities to request training from the Ethics Commission.

“The best lesson learned is knowing there is an agency within the state that anyone can utilize when they have a question of a potential conflict or the appearance of a conflict. It is a resource that is underutilized in municipal government,” Director Parrillo said.


“Cranston residents expect and deserve ethical government and this training session is an important exercise in ensuring every city worker is on the same page,” commented Mayor Fung. “I’m proud that Cranston is already an ethically-run city but it’s always helpful to review the rules and have a frank discussion about what’s right and what’s wrong, no matter how severe or trivial. I thank Education Coordinator Grammit for taking the time to share his expertise as well as our city employees who attended this session and take the issue of ethics seriously.”

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