Action on the part of local officials to pursue designation for Princeton under the Kentucky League of Cities Certified City of Ethics Program is admirable.

In an era of low political approval ratings and government distrust at the state and national levels, the city's pursuit, if realized, would serve to hold that trend away from the community.

The designation, according to the KLC, is "a way to recognize cities and city officials that have adopted principles and procedures that offer guidance on ethical issues, and a mechanism to resolve complaints at the local level."

Among the requirements to attain the designation is the adoption of a resolution establishing six ethics principles to govern the conduct of city elected officials and employees. They include: serve the public interest, not our own; fulfill the duties and responsibilities of holding public office; be ethical and professional; be fiscally responsible with the city resources; communicate effectively and respectfully; and create an environment of honesty, openness and integrity.

These are good baselines for any government or public entity to model.