Noting the failed attempt to bring ethics review to DeKalb through legislation that was approved by 92% of voters, the Vista Grove charter includes many provisions to prevent unethical activities. These include:
- Term limits for councilpersons and the mayor
- Non-partisan elections
- Monthly public meetings
- Strict requirements about disclosure, recusal and conflict of interest in the city charter, resulting in removal from the council.
- Published monthly reports on the operations and expenditures of the city.
- Internal auditor reviewing, at minimum quarterly, operations and expenditures to confirm they fall within the approved budget and do not conflict with the city charter