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Featured Member of the Month

Judy Pedersen

is currently the Public Information Officer at the Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia, a post she has held for 15 years. Previous to this, she served as the Director of Communications for Anne Arundel County, Md. Her communications background is in radio and newspapers, as well as a short stint in cable television. Pedersen has worked as a radio news reporter, editor of a small town newspaper, wire service stringer, talk show host, and voiceover artist. Her studies have included graduation from broadcasting school as well as work at American University in Washington, D.C.; St. Mary’s College of Maryland and currently, the University of Maryland University College. She makes her home in Solomons Island, Md.

Code of Ethics

Members of the National Association of Government Communicators pledge and profess dedication to the goals of better communication, understanding and cooperation among all people.

We believe that truth is inviolable and sacred; that providing public information is an essential civil service; and that the public-at-large and each citizen therein has a right to equal, full, understandable, and timely facts about their government. Members will:

  • Conduct themselves professionally, with truth, accuracy, fairness, responsibility, accountability to the public, and adherence to generally accepted standards of good taste.
  • Conduct their professional lives in accord with the public interest, in recognition in each of us is a steward of the public's trust.
  • Convey the truth to their own agencies' management, engaging in no practice that could corrupt the integrity of channels of communication or the processes of government.
  • Intentionally communicate no false or misleading information and will act promptly to correct false or misleading information or rumors.
  • Identify publicly the names and titles of individuals involved in making policy decisions, the details of the decision-making processes and how interested citizens can participate.
  • Represent no conflicting or competing interests and will fully comply with all statutes, executive orders and regulations pertaining to personal disclosure of such interests.
  • Avoid the possibility of any improper use of information by an "insider" or third party and never use inside information for personal gain.
  • Guarantee or promise the achievement of no specified result beyond the member's direct control.
  • Accept no fees, commissions, gifts, promises of future consideration, or any other material or intangible valuable that is, or could be perceived to be, connected with public service employment or activities.
  • Safeguard the confidence of both present and former employees, and of information acquired in meetings and documents, as required by law, regulation, and prudent good sense.
  • Not wrongly injure the professional reputation or practice of another person, private organization or government agency.
  • Participate in no activity designed to manipulate the price of a company's securities.

When a member has evidence or suspicion that another has committed an unethical, illegal or unfair practice, including violation of this statement, the member shall present the information promptly to a proper NAGC authority, who may include the president or board member. Members found to be in violation of the organization's Code of Ethics may be asked to leave the NAGC.