Code of Conduct

Otter Tail County Resolution No. 97-13
Upon a motion by Portmann, seconded Lee, and unanimously carried, to encourage an environment of exchanging ideas based on comments from area residents, the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners adopts the following resolution encompassing principles for committee members duly appointed by the board:

Whereas, the Board of Commissioners for Otter Tail County believes that citizen participation in county government is essential and valuable, and wishes to receive the advice of citizens in the areas of policy, legislation, planning and services; and

Whereas, the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners is committed to the sensible and effective use of advisory committees and boards, which serve at the will of and as an adjunct to the Board of Commissioners; and

Whereas, preserving a respectful environment in the meeting of boards and committees is a shared responsibility of both committee members and associated individuals of the general public who appear before them.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners adopts the following Code of Conduct:

1. It is the policy of Otter Tail County to maintain a respectful work and public service environment free from violence, discrimination and other offensive or degrading remarks or conduct.

2. All members of committees and boards appointed by the Commissioners shall act in a courteous manner at all times while performing their duties.

3. The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners will not tolerate disrespectful behavior by or towards any constituents or members of the public who present their concerns to board-appointed committees and / or advisory boards.

4. Any appointed committee or board member found by the Board of Commissioners to have acted in violation of this Code of Conduct shall be dismissed from further service.

Now, therefore be it further resolved, upon a motion by Lee, seconded Portmann, and unanimously carried, that this Code of Conduct includes the following policy statements:

1. Committee members of Otter Tail County in their course or in relation to their official duties, shall not directly or indirectly receive or agree to receive any payment of expense, compensation, gift, reward, gratuity, favor, service or promise of future employment or other future benefit from any source, except the County, for any activity related to the duties of the respective committee or advisory board unless otherwise provided by law.

2. A committee or advisory board member of Otter Tail County shall not use confidential information to further the member's private interest, and shall not accept outside employment or involvement in a business or activity that will require the member to disclose or use confidential information.

3. Any appointed committee or advisory board member of Otter Tail County shall not use or allow the use of county time, supplies, or county owned or leased property and equipment for the member's private interest or any other use not in the interest of the county, except as provided by law.

Adopted this 18th day of February, 1997.

Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners
Andy Lindquist, Chairperson

Larry S. Krohn, Clerk

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