Former city attorney to discuss ethics in decision-making at Benedictine

October 21, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. ~ Debbie Spinner, retired city attorney for the City of Mesa and former vice chair of the ethics committee for the International Municipal Lawyers Association, will lecture at Benedictine University at Mesa as part of Benedictine’s Leadership Speaker Series.

Spinner will present “Ethics and Decision-making” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, Ariz.

As city attorney from 2001-2015, Spinner was responsible for providing legal services to the mayor, city council, city manager and staff. She also provided training to council members and advisory board members on the requirements of Mesa’s Ethics Handbook for Elected Officials, and regularly responded to questions regarding the requirements of Mesa’s charter and ethics handbook.

In addition to her work as a city attorney, Spinner was responsible for ensuring all state laws regarding open meetings, public records and conflicts of interests were in compliance. Her latest work includes serving as a vice chair of the ethics committee for three years and teaching a course on professionalism for the State Bar of Arizona.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. To register, contact Jo Wilson at (602) 888-550 or

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No.2 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America’s Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015.

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