[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 2-10-1988 by Ord. No. 88-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Rules of conduct recognize that under a democratic form of government, public officials and employees who serve in government cannot and should not be expected to be without any personal interest in the decisions and policies of government. Government officials and employees have a right to private interests of a personal, financial and economic nature. However, standards of conduct should define those conflicts of interest that are substantial and material or that bring the township into disrepute from those that do not.
Government officials and employees should not:
Have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or transaction or professional activity that is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of their duties in the public interest.
Use or attempt to use an official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for themselves or others.
Act in an official capacity in any matter wherein they have a direct or indirect personal financial interest that might reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity of independence of judgment.
Undertake any employment or service, whether compensated or not, that might reasonably be expected to impair objectivity and independence of judgment in the exercise of official duties.
Accept any gift, favor, service or other thing of value under circumstances from which it might be reasonably inferred that such gift, service or other thing of value was given or offered for the purpose of influencing the discharge of official duties.
Knowingly act in any way that might reasonably be expected to create an impression or suspicion among the public having knowledge of those acts that they may be engaged in conduct in violation of their trust as an official or an employee.
Use or allow the use of government property of any kind for other than officially approved activities.
Use or allow the use of official information gained through employment, which has not been made available to the general public, for furthering a private interest.
[Added 12-16-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-19]
Township vehicles may only be provided to employees through an approved contract or annual resolution. Justification is to be clearly detailed in any resolution passed by the Township Committee.
No Township vehicle is to be used for any personal use, with the exception of an emergency situation.
Unless exempted by state law, all taxes due to fringe benefit recognition shall be the responsibility of the employee.
Any personal use of a Township vehicle shall be punishable by one or more of the following as determined by Township Committee: