From the NACo website:
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is committed to the highest standards of conduct by and among county officials in the performance of their public duties. Individual and collective adherence to high ethical standards by public officials is central to the maintenance of public trust and confidence in government.
The ethical county official should (we printed the ones that we thought were particularly apropos):
- Properly administer the affairs of the county.
- Promote decisions which only benefit the public interest.
- Actively promote public confidence in county government.
- 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.
- Maintain a respectful attitude toward employees, other public officials, colleagues and associates.
- Faithfully comply with all laws and regulations applicable to the county and impartially apply them to everyone.
The ethical county official should not:
- Engage in outside interests that are not compatible with the impartial and objective performance of his or her duties.
- Improperly influence or attempt to influence other officials to act in his or her own benefit.
- Accept anything of value from any source which is offered to influence his or her action as a public official.
We believe that the associated states involved in NACo made the proper and educated decision today. We like to believe that this website was helpful to the powers that be that were involved in that decision.