Ethics

All public officials are bound by the ethics laws of the Commonwealth and must carry out their official duties in compliance with the rules promulgated by the State Ethics Commission.

Anyone who holds an office or position with, or provides services to, a public entity, is a public employee.

The statutory definitions of who is a state, county, and municipal employee for purposes of the conflict of interest law are very broad. These definitions are not limited to paid, full-time public employees. Everyone who performs services for, or holds an office or position with, a state, county, or municipal agency is subject to the conflict of interest law. This is true whether the person is paid or unpaid, is a volunteer, works part-time, is employed only for part of the year or on a seasonal basis, or is a “special” employee. The law applies to these individuals, regardless of whether the employee is elected, appointed, or working under a contract.