(Madison, WI) - Amber Kruk, the Institute for Global Ethics' senior
project manager and certified trainer, recently gave a talk to the Midcoast
Assessors group in Rockport, Maine. Her talk, "Ethics for Assessment
Professionals," was held at the town office, and drew attendees from
throughout the region. Kruk focused on how IGE's decision-making process
could benefit tax assessors throughout Maine.
“We face problems of equity and fairness every day. It’s the
essential issue that assessors deal with, and its application is often
exactly like the right verses right dilemmas Amber discussed in her presentation,”
one attendee shared. “Amber’s talk put a fresh perspective
on these issues and gave me new and relevant ways to think how I approach
The discussion centered around the profession's commitment to fairness,
which, much like other industries that have long been aided by the IGE
process—law, education, politics—often gives rise to challenges
in defining what "fair" means, for this group it is hard to
balance ethical commitments to local municipalities that often come into
conflict with legal ones that they are also committed to by state statutes.
"I thought it was a really productive event," Kruk said afterward.
"And it was such a pleasure to connect with a group of professionals
who intentionally set-aside time in their schedules to tackle the ethics
of their profession. Together we were able to explore the flexibility
of IGE’s process by looking at examples of how the Institute’s
process fits with much of their day-to-day processes at work."
The Midcoast Assessors group is one of several assessing groups across
the State of Maine that provide educational opportunities and a means
for promoting good tax assessment administration through the exchange
of ideas and information.
About IGE: Founded in 1990 with offices in New York City, Camden, Maine and headquartered
in Madison, Wisconsin the Institute for Global Ethics in is an independent,
nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated
to promoting ethical action in a global context (