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Public employees occupy a trusted position in the community, and thus, their statements have the potential to contravene the policies and performance of the village. Due to the nature of the work and influence associated with the community-wide visibility of public employees, it is necessary that employees of the village be subject to certain reasonable limitations on their speech and expression. To achieve its mission and efficiently provide service to the public, the village will carefully balance the individual employee’s rights against the village’s needs and interests when exercising a reasonable degree of control over its employees’ speech and expression.
(Ord. 2012-O-5, passed 4-17-2012)