Public service is public trust. The affairs of government must be conducted openly, honestly and impartially, so that the public’s confidence in the integrity of its municipal affairs shall be maintained. The purposes of the Code of Ethics are:
To set forth standards of ethical conduct;
To assist Public Officials and Public Members in establishing policy for their conduct
And to develop and maintain a tradition of responsible and effective public service.
Municipal employees are responsible to comply with ethical standards in a series of municipal polices and procedures, in fact, far more than in this Code.
Very briefly, a Town official may not engage in any act which is in conflict with, or creates an appearance of conflict with, the performance of official duties.