The proper operation of democratic government requires that public officials and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people. The ethical public official or employee accepts the responsibility that his or her mission is to be a servant and steward to the public. Therefore, decisions and policies must be made in the best interests of the people, the community and government. In recognition of these goals, county officials and employees should adhere to the following ethical principles:
Properly administer the affairs of the county.
Promote decisions that benefit the public interest.
Actively promote public confidence in county government.
Preserve and protect the funds and property of the county.
Conduct and perform the duties of their office or employment diligently and promptly.
Maintain a positive image to pass constant public scrutiny.
Evaluate all decisions so that the best service or product is obtained at a minimal cost without sacrificing quality and fiscal responsibility.
Inject the prestige of the office into everyday dealings with the public, employees and associates.
Maintain a respectful attitude toward other officials, employees and associates.
Effectively and efficiently work with governmental agencies, political subdivisions and other organizations in order to further the county’s interests.
Faithfully comply with all laws and regulations applicable to the county and impartially apply them to everyone (M.C.G.O. § 9.01(2)(a)).
Engage in outside interests that are not compatible with the impartial and objective performance of their duties (M.C.G.O. § 9.01(2)(b)).
Improperly influence or attempt to influence other officials or employees to act in their own benefit (M.C.G.O. § 9.01(2)(b)).
Use their public position for private benefit or financial gain (M.C.G.O. § 9.05(2)(a)).
Solicit or accept gifts or items that could influence their vote or official actions (M.C.G.O. §§ 9.01(2)(b) and 9.05(2)(b)).
Act officially in a matter that they are privately interested in (M.C.G.O. § 9.05(2)(c)).
Use or disclose privileged information gained by reason of their office or position (M.C.G.O. § 9.05(2)(d)).
Use or attempt to use their position to influence or gain unlawful benefits, advantages or privileges (M.C.G.O. § 9.05(2)(e)).
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