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2017 Texas CPM Conference


2017 ANNUAL TEXAS CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER (CPM) CONFERENCE

Sponsored by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service

MEETING THE ETHICAL AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT DECADE

Nearly 120 Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students gathered in Round Rock, Texas on Friday April 7, 2017, to learn, share and network at the Annual Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Conference.  The Conference, which was held at the Texas State University Avery Center, featured the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture and a plenary session on Texas Politics & Policy Issues.

The Hobby Distinguished Lecture is always a highlight of the annual conference. This year's honoree, Alan Bojorquez, is the Chairman of the Texas Center for Municipal Ethics, as well as, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the Bojorquez Law Firm in Austin Texas. Alan is also a popular instructor, serving in CPM courses throughout Texas for many years. See more about Alan Bojorquez here (http://texasmunicipallawyers.com/our-team/alan-j-bojorquez/)

Alan’s lecture titled "Fostering Integrity in Public Service", focused on the definition, application and actions of ethics in public service. He honed in on the virtues and values of ethical behavior and how its principles produce the greatest good for society. Using “LARIAT” as a mnemonic for the elements of integrity at City Hall, we can meet the challenges of ethical behavior through Leadership, Administration, Regulation, Instruction, Accountability and Transparency. You can view a portion of the lecture below. Click here for a hard copy of his full presentation. You may also click here for a white paper Alan authored on this subject.

The opening plenary session was delivered by Mr. Harvey Kronberg, noted Texas political analyst and editor of the Quorum Report http://www.quorumreport.com informed and entertained attendees with insights to current politics (focusing on the 85th Texas Legislature, now in session). As a self-proclaimed "equal opportunity offender of both Democrats and Republicans" Harvey’s observations are always candid, insightful and give us the opportunity to take a humorous look at ourselves, each other and Texas politics. You can watch Harvey’s comments below. Harvey can be contacted at kronberg@quorumreport.com.