Ethics & Conflicts of Interest Policy
The members of the Sonoma County Independent Citizen Advisory Committee on Pension Matters (“Committee” hereinafter), an entity established pursuant to authorization by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on September 22nd, 2015, hereby adopts the following as its Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy (“Policy” hereinafter) to be incorporated by reference into its By-Laws (Article 4-b), approved on October 2nd, 2015.
Establish a policy to assure the independence and impartiality of Committee members on behalf of the public good.
- Comply with both the letter and the spirit of laws and policies affecting operations of the Committee;
- Be independent, impartial and fair in their judgment and actions; and
- Conduct public deliberations and processes openly, unless legally confidential, and in an atmosphere of respect and civility.
Conflicts of Interest
- All Committee members shall file annual disclosure documents in accordance with Sonoma County’s adopted Conflict of Interest Code.
- Committee members are prohibited from using their official positions to influence decisions in which they have a financial interest, or an organizational responsibility, or where they have a personal relationship that would constitute a conflict of interest.
- Committee members should avoid taking any action that could be construed, or create the appearance of, using public office for personal gain, including use of the title of Committee Member or other County resources to obtain or promote personal interests and/or businesses.
Representation of the Committee
Committee members are not authorized to represent, speak or act on behalf of the Committee as a whole unless so authorized by the Committee.