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Whistleblowing: Townscape Scenario

Advice: Providing a discussion/perspective on whisteblowing -

The City Manager of Townscape discovers that one of the city council members has been giving information from executive sessions to a friend that is bidding on a large city contract for a new river crossing. The council member was the swing vote on the board that helped to hire the manager. The project is important to the city and will help to improve its image and make it a contender for a new development on the far side of the river. If the City Manager launches an internal investigation, the city is sure to lose the opportunity for the project as well as any state and federal funds to help pay for the bridge.

The City Manager needs to consider the pros and cons of blowing the whistle on the council member. Because you have excelled in your work thus far and have won over the City Manager's trust, he turns to you for counsel. How can this potentially impact the economic future of the city? What advice do you give to the City Manager taking into consideration the entire good of Townscape?

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This is a very difficult decision for the City Manager. Let's look at the Pros and Cons of this first.

Pros:
The City Manager won't be held responsible in any legal proceedings if this gets out.

Cons:
The manager may not get reelected next time since he alienated his support.
The city won't receive any state or federal funds if the project continues
The city may very well lose the ...

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The solution provides a discussion of the pros and cons of whistleblowing in the given scenario. Due to the controversial nature of the ethics involved, the solution provides both sides of the argument involved.

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