There is hereby established a Board of Ethics consisting of at least three members to be appointed by the Town Board, all of whom reside in the Town of Austerlitz and who shall serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the Town Board of the Town of Austerlitz. A majority of such members shall be persons other than Town employees but shall include at least one member who is an elected or appointed Town employee of the Town of Austerlitz.
The Board of Ethics established hereunder shall render advisory opinions to Town employees on written request and, upon request of the Town Board, make recommendations to such Town Board as to any amendments of this chapter. The opinions of the Board of Ethics shall be advisory and confidential, and in no event shall the identity of the Town employee be disclosed except to authorized persons and agencies. Such opinions shall be on the advice of counsel employed by the Board of Ethics or, if none, of the Town Attorney.
Such Board of Ethics, upon its formation, shall promulgate its own rules and regulations as to its form and procedures and shall maintain appropriate records of its opinions and proceedings.