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(A) Board members should obey all laws applicable to their official actions as members of the Board. Board members should be guided by the spirit as well as the letter of the law in whatever they do.
(B) At the same time, Board members should feel free to assert policy positions and opinions without fear of reprisal from fellow Board members or citizens. To declare that a Board member is behaving unethically because of disagreeing with that Board member on a question of policy (and not because of the Board member’s behavior) is unfair, irresponsible, and itself unethical.
(C) Board members should endeavor to keep up to date, through the Board’s attorney and other sources, about new or ongoing legal or ethical issues they may face in their official positions. This educational function is in addition to the day-to-day legal advice the Board may receive concerning specific situations that arise.
(Ord. passed 5-17-2010)