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Public employment is a public trust. It is the policy of the county to promote and balance the objective of protecting government integrity and the objective of facilitating the recruitment and retention of personnel needed by the county. The policy is implemented by prescribing essential standards of ethical conduct without creating unnecessary obstacles to entering public service. Public employees must discharge their duties impartially so as to assure fair competitive access to governmental procurement by responsible contractors. Moreover, they should conduct themselves in a manner as to foster public confidence in the integrity of the county procurement organization. To achieve the purpose of this subchapter, it is essential that those doing business with the county also observe the ethical standard prescribed herein.
(1980 Code, § 41.130) (Ord. 08-461, passed 11-20-2008)