- PUBLIC EMPLOYEE
- Any person exclude from the definition of a public officer who is employed by the Village.
- PUBLIC OFFICER
- Those persons in statutory elected or appointed offices provided for in Chapter 61 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and all members appointed to boards, committees and commissions established or appointed by the Village President and/or Village Board, whether (paid or unpaid.
General policy. It is declared that high ethical standards among Village officers and employees are essential to the conduct of good representative government and that a code of ethics for the guidance of public officers and employees will help them avoid conflicts with improved standards of public service and will promote and strengthen the confidence of the residents of the Village in their public officers and employees. The purpose of this chapter is to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all such Village officers and employees by setting forth those acts or actions that are incompatible with the public interest and which compromise, or appear to compromise, public trust in fairness, independence and integrity of Village officers and employees and their official actions.
Responsibility of public office. Public officials and employees are agents of public purpose and hold office for the benefit of the public. They are bound to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State and carry out impartially the laws of the nation, state and municipality and to observe in their official acts the highest standards of morality and to discharge faithfully the duties of their office regardless of personal considerations, recognizing that the public interest must be their prime concern. Their conduct in both their official and private affairs should be above reproach so as to foster respect or government.
Dedicated service. All officials and employees of the Village of Monticello should be loyal to the objectives expressed by the electorate and the programs developed to attain these objectives. Appointive officials and employees should adhere to the rules of work and performance established as the standard for their positions by the appropriate authority. Officials and employees should not exceed their authority or breach the law or ask others to do so, and they should work in full cooperation with other public officials and employees unless prohibited from so doing by law or by officially recognized confidentiality of their work.
The provisions of the following sections of the Wisconsin Statutes, as from time to time amended, are made a part of this chapter and shall apply to all public officers and public employees whenever applicable, to wit:
Use of public property. No public officer or employee shall use or permit the use of Village vehicles, equipment, materials or property for personal convenience or profit, except when such services are available to the public generally or are provided as Village policy for the use of such officer or employee in the conduct of official business, as authorized by the Village Board or authorized board, commission or committee.
Conflicts of interest. Disclosure of Interest. Except as provided herein, no public officer or public employee shall engage in any business transaction with the Village, or have a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of his official duties or will tend to impairs independence or judgment or action in the performance of his official duties. Any public officer or employee who has a substantial financial interest, including employment, in any business entity entering into, proposing to enter into or bidding on any transaction with the Village, or as part of his official duties will be making an official decision or recommendation significantly affecting a business competitor, client or regular customer, shall disclose such interest to the membership of the Village Board (or committee, board or commission thereof, as appropriate) to be recorded in the minutes of that body. Upon such disclosure, it is advised that the public officer or employee abstain from voting on the matter and from participating in the discussion of the matter.
Representing private interests before the Village Board or Village agencies. No public officer or employee, including persons or firms engaged to provide professional services to the Village, shall represent, for compensation, private interests before the Village Board or any village board, commission or committee without disclosure of the private business relationship and explicit consent of the Village Board.
Disclosure of confidential, sensitive information. No public officer or employee shall, without proper authorization of the Village Board, disclose confidential, information concerning the property, government or affairs of the Village, nor shall be use such information to advance the financial or other private interest of himself or others.
Gifts and favors. No public officer or employee shall accept anything of value whether in the form of a gift, service loan or promise from any person, who, to his knowledge, has a direct financial interest in any transaction or official business with the Village, which may tend to impair his independence of judgment or action in the performance of his official duties. However, it is not a conflict of interest for any public officer or employee to receive a gift of gratuity that is an unsolicited item of nominal intrinsic value, such as a meal up to $10 in value.
Outside employment. No full-time officer of the Village shall engage in any other remunerative employment within or without the Village; provided that the Village Board may approve such outside employment or activity if it finds that it does not interfere or conflict with such ability of the officer or employee to perform his duties in an efficient and unbiased manner.
Applicability of Ethics Code. When an official or employee has doubt as to the applicability of a provision of this Ethics Code to a particular situation or definition of terms used in the Code, he should apply to the Ethics Board for an advisory opinion and will be guided by that opinion when given.
The official or employee shall have the opportunity to present his interpretation of the facts at issue and of the applicability provisions of the Ethics Code before such advisory decision is made. This Ethics Code shall be operative in all instances covered by its provisions, except when superseded by an applicable statutory provision and statutory action is mandatory, or when the application of a statutory provision is discretionary but determined by the Ethics Board to be more appropriate or desirable.
Penalty and sanctions. Violation of any provision of this chapter may constitute a cause for suspension, removal from office or employment or other disciplinary action.