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Elected Officials

Conflict of Interest

Introduction

The main reason for having a conflict of interest policy is to prevent an elected official, appointed officer, or municipal employee from using his or her office or official position for the primary purpose of financial gain for himself/herself, or for their spouse, child, mother, father, or business with which they are associated or owns stock in. Financial benefit includes accepting gifts, money, promises of future benefits, or any other thing of value for performing any function or service that is a normal part of his or her duties, or in exchange for voting or acting in any particular way on any matter that comes before him or her in the course of his or her duties.

Financial benefit does not include reimbursement for purchases or a bonus authorized by the governing body for especially good service.

Narrative Frequently Asked Questions Additional Resources Applicable Laws and Regulations

Revised 12/30/2014