A new paper, released this week by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), argues that while municipal accountability officers can address many ethical problems and dilemmas, they can also create some of their own. According to the paper, written by Andy Sancton,
…the simplest and oldest municipal accountability mechanism is an election. Rather than expecting accountability officers to take over accountability functions from electors by imposing harsh penalties such as removal from office, we should see them as people who can help municipal voters make informed decisions.
Read the full paper here.