Do you know those moments in your life you are not proud of? Well I am about to tell you the story of one and why I think it is an example of how I see ethics.
In 2007, we completed the construction of our branch at the intersection of Ward & China Lake. It had been a 12 month project and one that taught me so much about construction and project management. I was very proud of myself. I was 31 years old, I had a great job, No Family, and (as my Follies friends will recount) known to knock back a few too many drinks when having fun. So, the night before our grand opening on 7/7/07, we held a wine reception with local officials, citizens, and members. Safe to say I may have went a little overboard and had a bit too much fun without going into details.
The next morning, our branch was due to open at 10:00am for a special promotion. My team was organized and everyone was there to do their job. Except Me. I came in late and it is safe to say I was in no physical condition to work. I sat in a corner while my team carried the entire load and I tried to recover. It was embarrassing. But more importantly, it was WRONG! At the end of that night, I started writing a little memo to the board discussing what had happened.
This was no ordinary summary memo. I wrote an entire summary of the events. I detailed how it negatively reflected on the credit union and the position of the CEO. Finally, I presented the board with actions they were justified to take including termination. I felt I had broken the ethical trust of my team so much that I wrote myself a disciplinary action which included termination of a job I loved. I did this because only I could hold myself accountable for my actions. It was no one else’s fault and the damage had been done. If an employee had done the exact same thing, I would have been extremely harsh in my actions. I knew it and I knew the only ethical thing to do was to stand up and offer the same level of treatment to myself.
I could have shared stories of being offered money, sex, and other special opportunities for loans or contracts. However, my position demands that I must have sufficient ethics to refuse such offers. I would not have been able to successfully navigate Desert Valleys without them. But by showing my own flaws, I hope to provide the voters a chance to see the level of personal accountability I believe in and will model as an elected official.