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Document Code No.: LGL 8-2-1 (AEP)
Department/Issuing Agency: King County Board of Ethics
Effective Date: February 19, 2002
Approved: /s/ Ron Sims
Type of Action: Amends LGL 8-2 (AEP), Procedures for the Conduct of Administrative Support and Board of Ethics Meetings, December 24, 1993

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1.0 SUBJECT TITLE: Procedures for Disseminating Ethics Information and Conducting Ethics Training

2.0 PURPOSE:

To establish procedures governing the dissemination of ethics information and training on ethics matters for county employees.

3.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

All County employees, except those in the Judicial Branch, but including those in Department of Judicial Administration; Elected Officials; Executive Departments; County Officers; County Council and its employees, and Board and Commission members.

4.0 REFERENCES:

4.1 King County Code (K.C.C.) Chapter 3.04 - Code of Ethics

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

5.1 "Board of Ethics" or "Ethics Board" refers to the King County Board of Ethics established by the Code of Ethics.

5.2 The "Code of Ethics" means K.C.C. Chapter 3.04.

5.3 "County Employee" or "Employee" means, as defined in K.C.C. 3.04.017, any individual who is appointed as an employee by the appointing authority of a county agency, office, department, council, board, commission, or other separate unit or division of County government, however designated, but does not include employees of the county's judicial Administration, however designated, but does not include employees of the County's Judicial branch. The term "County Employee" also includes County elected officials and members of County boards, commissions, committees, or other multi-member bodies, but does not include officials or employees of the county's judicial branch but does include employees of the department of judicial administration.

5.4 "Ethics Administrator" refers to the Ethics Administrator responsible for providing staff support to the Board of Ethics and performing training under these procedures.

6.0 POLICIES:

6.1 It is the policy of King County that the private conduct and financial dealings of public officials and employees and of candidates for public office shall present no actual or apparent conflict of interest between the public trust and private interest. Public confidence in government must be sustained by establishing and enforcing rules which ensure the highest standards of professional conduct.

6.2 Each affected agency of County government and the Board of Ethics shall inform employees of the provisions of the Code of Ethics and strive to effectively enforce its requirements.

6.3 To assist employees to avoid conflicts of interest and otherwise comply with the Code of Ethics, agencies of county government and the Ethics Administrator will prepare and disseminate information on ethics to county employees.

6.4 Additionally, agencies of county government and the Ethics Administrator will conduct training on ethics matters for county employees consistent with these procedures.

7.0 PROCEDURES:

DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION:

Action By: Board Staff

Action:

7.1 Develops and distributes information to promote employee awareness of ethics requirements and issues.

7.2 Updates and disseminates the Board of Ethics Advisory Opinion Subject Index and the Advisory Opinion Summary on a semiannual basis, and forwards copies to county agencies.

Action By: Office of Human Resources Management and Responsible Department and Division

Action:

7.3 OHRM reserves a fifteen-minute segment for ethics orientation and training during New Employee Orientation. For employees not attending New Employee Orientation, the department and division will provide an ethics component in their new employee orientations.

Action By: Ethics Administrator

Action:

7.4 Prepares and delivers an overview of the Code of Ethics, discusses its implications for county employees, and highlights current ethics issues.

8.0 RESPONSIBILITIES:

8.1 The Ethics Administrator is responsible for disseminating Advisory Opinions and information on the Code of Ethics, and conducting ethics training.

8.2 OHRM is responsible for providing a fifteen-minute segment for ethics training during New Employee Orientation and workshops for employees who are leaving county employment. For employees not attending New Employee Orientation, the department and division will provide an ethics component in their new employee orientations and workshops for employees who are leaving county employment.

8.3 County agencies shall be responsible for periodically conducting training sessions for their employees on ethics requirements and issues. The Ethics Administrator will, if requested, participate in such training sessions.

8.4 County employees are responsible for attending scheduled ethics training.

9.0 APPENDICES:

None