CHAPTER 1-7.1:  ETHICS
Section
   1-7.1-1   Short title
   1-7.1-2   Applicability
   1-7.1-3   Definitions
   1-7.1-4   Ethics Commission
   1-7.1-5   Conflicts of interest
   1-7.1-6   Financial disclosure; county elected officials and candidates to be elected officials and other designated positions
   1-7.1-7   Financial disclosure; employees and appointed officials
   1-7.1-8   Lobbying
   1-7.1-9   Exemptions and modifications
   1-7.1-10   Enforcement
   1-7.1-11   Retaliation prohibited
Statement of purpose and policy.
   (A)   Frederick County, recognizing that our system of representative government is dependent in part upon the people maintaining the highest trust in their public officials and employees, finds and declares that the people have a right to be assured that the impartiality and independent judgment of public officials and employees will be maintained.
   (B)   It is evident that this confidence and trust is eroded when the conduct of the county's business is subject to improper influence and even the appearance of improper influence.
   (C)   For the purpose of guarding against improper influence, the county enacts this law to require elected officials, officials, employees and individuals appointed to certain boards and commissions to disclose their financial affairs and to set minimum standards for the conduct of county business.
   (D)   It is the intent of the county that this chapter, except for its provisions for criminal sanctions, be construed liberally to accomplish this purpose.
(Ord. 11-26-592, 11-17-2011; Ord. 14-23-678, 11-13-2014; Bill No. 16-01, 3-1-2016; Bill No. 18-14, 6-5-2018)