W. Brian Hiatt has served as Concord's City Manager since 1998. He came to Concord from Hickory where he served as Assistant City Manager for over 10 years. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Government Service from Appalachian State University where he was a summa cum laude graduate, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Active in the community, Brian is a Past President of the Academic Learning Center and continues to serve on that Board. He is on the Board of Directors for the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation and the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County. He currently serves as Chairman of the Cabarrus County United Way, his second time serving in that role. Brian served as the Chair of the United Way Campaign in Cabarrus County in 2002. He is a Past-President of the Concord Rotary Club, where he was named Rotarian of the Year in 2012, and the Lake Hickory Rotary Club. He is also a former board member of Hospice of Cabarrus County. He is a Past President of the North Carolina City and County Management Association, having served as President in 2012-13, and has served on several committees supporting the International City and County Management Association. Brian was a member of the Board of Directors of the NC League of Municipalities from 2004 through 2008. Brian is married to Julie, and they have two grown children, Andrew and Erin.
by Brian Hiatt
Ethical Standards: Essential for Accountable Local Government
Earlier this year, we noted that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Council-Manager form of government in Concord. 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the professional organization that became the International Association of City and County Management (ICMA). This organization has the mission of creating “excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.”
One of the foundations of ICMA has been its Code of Ethics. Adopted in 1924, the ICMA Code of Ethics defined the principles that today serve as the foundation for the local government management profession and set the standard for excellence. The tenets are important for Concord members of ICMA as they support Concord’s own Core Values, particularly those related to accountability, trust and, of course, ethical standards.
ICMA members must uphold these principles in their conduct and decisions in order to merit the trust of the public, elected officials, and staff they serve. ICMA members agree to submit to a peer-to-peer review under established enforcement procedures should there be an allegation of unethical conduct.
ICMA's Code of Ethics was most recently amended by the membership in April 2015 to reflect changes in the profession. You can see the latest version published by the Association at icma.org.