The following 12 tenets reflect the ICMA (International City Manager Association) Code of Ethics. The Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) utilizes these same tenets for its membership. As members of VLGMA, the County Administrator and Assistant County Administrator agreed to abide by these tenets. These promote values, professionalism and ethical behavior. They emphasize a sense of social responsibility and that the chief function of local government is to serve the best interests of all citizens.
These tenets will serve as a guidepost for the Prince Edward County Administrator's Office and all county employees will be expected to adhere to these principles. The goal is to create a County workforce that strives to always act in a professional manner while adhering to the highest ethical standards.
Be dedicated to the concepts of effective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials and believe that professional general management is essential to the achievement of this objective.
Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical attitude toward local government affairs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant
Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order that the member may merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other officials and employees, and of the public.
Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all people.
Submit policy proposals to elected officials; provide them with facts and advice on matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals; and uphold and implement local government policies adopted by elected officials.
Recognize that elected representatives of the people are entitled to the credit for the establishment of local government policies; responsibility for policy execution rests with the members.
Refrain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body.
Make it a duty continually to improve the member's professional ability and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.
Keep the community informed on local government affairs; encourage communication between the citizens and all local government officers; emphasize friendly and courteous service to the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.
Resist any encroachment on professional responsibilities, believing the member should be free to carry out official policies without interference, and handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle and justice.
Handle all matters of personnel on the basis of merit so that fairness and impartiality govern a member's decisions, pertaining to appointments, pay adjustments, promotions, and discipline.
Seek no favor; believe that personal aggrandizement or profit secured by confidential information or by misuse of public time is dishonest.
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