Code of Ethics

The following Code of Ethics represents the guiding principals for public officials. TCSD is committed to the highest standards of conduct by and among elected and appointed officials in the performance of their duties. The Code of Ethics seeks to insure that promoting the common good is the hallmark of the decision making process.

  • Promote decisions that serve the public interest and promote the greatest public good
  • Actively promote public confidence in TCSD through member's actions
  • Recognize and support the public's right to know the public's business
  • Involve citizens in the decision making process and welcome divergent points of view
  • Respond to the public in ways that are complete, clear, and easy to understand
  • Maintain a respectful attitude towards employees, other public officials, and colleagues
  • Respect and protect privileged information (i.e., personnel matters, litigation)
  • Be a good listener, carefully considering all opinions and points of view
  • Be informed on the background on issues before your commission or board
  • Work in partnership with other government agencies, political subdivisions, and organizations to further the interest of TCSD
  • Reference to an appointed position or title will only be used when attending official meetings or functions and in no case shall an appointed title be used to promote or advance personal or political interests
  • Avoid outside interests that will interfere or conflict with maintaining an objective and impartial perspective
  • Carefully guard against conflict of interest or its appearance in actions or decisions
  • Accepting gifts, services, or any object of value from any source offered to influence a decisions is prohibited
  • Efforts to influence or attempt to influence other officials to act in a manner benefiting your personal/financial interests are prohibited
  • Evaluate recommendations or decisions to identify the best service, product, or alternative at minimal cost without sacrificing quality or fiscal responsibility
  • Comply with all laws and regulations applicable to an appointed official and those governing the conduct of meetings
  • Board, Commission, and staff receive ethics training on a regular basis

For more information on State rules that govern meetings, see details at the Attorney General's homepage http://ag.ca.gov/open_meetings/.