Ethics is the foundation and touchstone of state and local Leadership. No issue is more essential to good government than trust and respect. To gain those requires elected and appointed servants of the people to embrace ethics in creative, responsive, and positive ways. It requires courage and resiliency to act and respond when the worst and most unanticipated violations occur. Our values as a nation are premised on honor and respect. The publications in this Ethics series seek to help find ways to constantly help all local and state leaders earn and keep this trust. We welcome your comments, and, as always, we would be honored to have the opportunity to assist in addressing fundamental ethical challenges in your state or community.