Standards of Conduct for Elected and Appointed Officials of the City of Sugar Hill
The Council of the City of Sugar Hill, Georgia recognizes and understands that persons holding a position of public trust are under constant observation and that maintaining the integrity and dignity of the public office to which they have been elected or appointed is essential for maintaining high levels of public confidence in our institutions of government. The Council therefore resolves that all such officials of the City should adhere to the following standards of conduct:
1. Avoid during public meetings and during the performance of public duties the use of abusive, threatening, or intimidating language or gestures directed at colleagues, citizens, or local government personnel.
2. Make every effort to attend all regularly scheduled meetings of the body on which you serve as well as committee meetings relevant to your elected/appointed office.
3. Make a conscientious effort to be prepared for each meeting.
4. Conduct yourself in a courteous manner and avoid personal criticisms in public meetings.
5. Work to create a positive environment in public meetings where citizens will feel comfortable in their roles as observers or participants.
6. Maintain an attitude of courtesy and consideration toward all colleagues and staff during all discussions and deliberations.
7. Be respectful and attentive. Avoid comments, or actions that convey a message of disrespect, and allow citizens, colleagues, and staff sufficient opportunity to present their views.
8. Treat your office as a public trust, only using the power and resources to advance public interests and not to attain personal benefit or pursue any other private interest.
9. Employ independent, objective judgment in performing your duties, deciding all matters on their merits, free from avoidable conflicts of interest and both real and apparent improper influences.
10. Assure that meetings and decisions are conducted openly, efficiently, equitably,
honorably, and in a manner that permits the citizenry to make informed judgments and hold government officials accountable.
11. Honor and respect the principles and spirit of representative democracy and set a positive example of good citizenship by scrupulously observing the letter and spirit of laws and rules.
12. Safeguard public confidence in the integrity of government by being honest, fair, caring, respectful, and by avoiding conduct creating the appearance of impropriety or which is otherwise unbefitting a public official.
13. Be careful not to disclose privileged or protected information that you may receive as a result of your position and avoid even the appearance of using such information for personal gain.
14. Be cognizant that as an appointed or elected official, your words, actions, and communications should be consistent with the trust placed in you by the city.
15. Recognize that violations of the City Ethics Ordinance, state ethics laws and other ordinances or laws relating to ethical conduct may be grounds for civil or criminal actions against you and/or the City may be grounds for removal from office as allowed by law.
It is so resolved this 12th day of April, 2004.