Town of Old Saybrook, CT
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Old Saybrook at referendum 5-25-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Ethics Commission — See Charter, Ch. 10.
Conflicts of interest — See Ch. 12.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 41.
There is hereby established a Code of Ethics for all Town officials and employees and other affected personnel as specified in § 23-2. The purpose of this code is to establish suitable ethical standards for all such officers, employees, and officials by prohibiting acts not in the best interests of the Town of Old Saybrook.
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This code shall apply to all Town officers, employees, and officials whether elected and/or appointed, paid or unpaid. The terms of this Code shall apply to all Town personnel including, but not limited to, the Office of the Selectmen, Board of Education, Police and Fire Commissions, Town officers, Town departments, and all other personnel elected and/or appointed to boards and commissions.
B. 
This Code shall also apply to all persons, businesses, consultants or others having dealings with the Town of Old Saybrook.
C. 
All the above shall be referred to hereinafter as "persons governed by this code."
A. 
Persons governed by this code shall not engage in or participate in any business or transaction, or shall not have an interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of that person or persons' official duties in the public interest, or would tend to impair that person or persons' independent judgment or action in the performance of that person or persons' official duties.
B. 
Persons governed by this code shall not appear at any time within a period of one year before any Town board or agency with which that person or persons was or were formally employed, acting, or participating on behalf of the Town in connection with any matter or case with which that person or persons was or were associated while an officer, employee, or official after termination of that person or persons' service with the Town. Any such officer, employee, or official may, upon written application to the Ethics Commission, be released from this obligation after review and approval of such application by the Ethics Commission.
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Persons governed by this code shall not be financially interested or have any personal beneficial interest, either directly or indirectly, in any contract or purchase order for any supplies, materials, equipment, or contractual services furnished to or used by the board, agency, or commission of which that person or persons is or are a member, or of which that person or persons is or are an employee. It is further provided, notwithstanding the above, that no member of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Old Saybrook, and no member of the Board of Finance of the Town of Old Saybrook, shall be financially interested, or have any personal beneficial interest, either directly or indirectly, in any contract or purchase order for any supplies, materials, equipment, or contractual services furnished to or used by any board, agency, or commission of the Town of Old Saybrook.
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Persons governed by this code shall not accept or receive, directly or indirectly, from any person, firm, or corporation to which any contract or purchase order may be awarded by the Town of Old Saybrook, or any of its boards, agencies, or commissions, by rebate, gifts, or otherwise, any money, or anything of value whatsoever, or any promise, obligation, or contract for future reward or compensation.
E. 
Persons governed by this code who have a financial or personal interest in any transaction or contract with the Town, including the sale of real estate, materials, supplies, or services to the Town, on which that person or persons may be called upon to act upon in that person or persons' official capacity, shall not vote or otherwise participate in the transaction on behalf of the Town. That person or those persons shall declare that that person or those persons has or have a conflict of interest.
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Persons governed by this code shall not request or permit the use of Town-owned vehicles, equipment, facilities, materials, or property for personal convenience or profit, except when such are available to the public generally, or provided as municipal policy for the use of such officer, employee, or official in the interest of the Town.
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Persons governed by this code shall not grant any special consideration, treatment, favor, or advantage to any person, firm, or corporation beyond which is generally available to residents and/or taxpayers of the Town.
Persons governed by this code may not accept employment by a person, firm, or corporation, or render services for a private interest when those services or employment are incompatible with the proper discharge of that person or persons' duties, or impair that person or persons' judgment with regard to the best interests of the Town.
The Ethics Commission shall adopt procedures and regulations for the initiation and handling of complaints, including those initiated by private citizens. The Commission shall also adopt procedures and regulations whereby all persons governed by this Code may request and receive advisory opinions from the Ethics Commission as to whether certain conduct by such officials and employees complies with this Code of Ethics.
This Code of Ethics, together with all rules, regulations, and procedures adopted by the Ethics Commission, shall be printed in booklet form and distributed to all persons governed by this code. The Commission shall adopt regulations and procedures to implement and insure compliance with the provisions of this section.
All complaints for violation of the Old Saybrook Code of Ethics against any person shall be filed within three years next following the date of any such alleged violation. No complaint shall be filed for any claimed violation of the Old Saybrook Code of Ethics for any event occurring prior to the effective date of the enactment of the Old Saybrook Code of Ethics.