Public Censure

On February 14, TCMA was notified by ICMA that they had concluded its review of the ethics case of William “Bill” Jordan, city manager of the City of Ferris. The Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC) concluded that Mr. Jordan created an environment in which employees, both female and male, were offended by his language and conduct and that of subordinate employees. In addition to creating an uncomfortable work environment, Mr. Jordan placed the city at risk for legal liability for his conduct and for failing to address the conduct of subordinate employees. The CPC recommended to the ICMA Executive Board that Mr. Jordan be publicly censured for conduct in violation of Tenet 3. On February 9, 2019, the ICMA Executive Board voted to support the CPC’s recommendation to publicly censure Mr. Jordan and the matter is now closed.

In following the TCMA Rules of Procedure for Enforcement, the TCMA Executive Board met on February 22 and accepted the decision of ICMA and the case is closed.

Texas City Management Association Rules of Procedure for Enforcement


E. If an individual is a member of both TCMA and ICMA, TCMA relinquishes the right of investigation and actions to ICMA. All complaints concerning a member of ICMA or ICMA and TCMA will be processed by ICMA under the ICMA Rules of Procedure for Enforcement, and will not be subjected to an investigation by TCMA as long as that member is a member of ICMA. Once ICMA has completed its investigation, notice will be sent to the TCMA President and Ethics Committee chair, whereupon the TCMA Board shall accept the decision and actions of ICMA and shall apply the same sanction(s) to the member as TCMA’s action.


2. Public Censure. Notification to the respondent, complainant, TCMA Board’s file, appropriate local governing bodies, and TCMA Newsletter including the name of the City, person, etc. indicating that a violation of the code took place and that TCMA strongly disapproves of such conduct and the nature of the sanction(s) imposed.