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Conflicts of Interest

As an employee of Big Sandy ADD, you have the obligation to conduct business within guidelines that prohibit actual or potential conflicts of interest. In this policy, Big Sandy ADD is establishing the framework within which to operate. These guidelines are intended to provide a general direction so that you can get further clarification on areas that affect you. For more information or questions on conflict of interest, contact the Executive Director.

An actual or potential conflict of interest occurs when an employee is in a position to influence a decision that may result in a personal gain for that employee or for a relative as a result of business dealings with Big Sandy ADD. For the purposes of this policy, we define a relative as any person who is related by blood or marriage, or whose relationship with the employee is similar to that of persons who are related by blood or marriage.

There is no "presumption of guilt" created by the mere existence of a relationship with outside firms. However, if you have any influence on transactions involving purchases, contracts, or leases, it is imperative that you disclose this fact to the Executive Director as soon as possible. By alerting us to the existence of any actual or even a potential conflict of interest, we can establish safeguards to protect all parties.

Board and committee members, and staff members, including employees, volunteers, and work-training program participants shall not seek nor accept any favor, benefit, personal aggrandizement or profit - whether it be in the form of objects, money, services, loans, travel, entertainment, or other way, either individually or for family members or friends, secured by privileged information or by misuse of position, public time or public resources. Further, staff shall avoid any interest or activity which may convey the appearance of such a conflict of interest.

Political Activity - Staff members shall not violate Section 12A of the Hatch Act by:

1.using official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or nomination to office or affecting the results thereof; or

2.directly or indirectly coercing or attempting to coerce, commanding or advising any board, committee member, or other staff member to pay, lend, or contribute any part of his/her salary or compensation or anything of value to any party of committee, organization, agency or person for political purposes; or

3.taking any action which will place the District in a partisan position.

A member of the staff may not serve as a member of the District Board.

Staff members may join or affiliate with civic organizations of a partisan or political nature, attend political meetings, and advocate or support the principles or policies of civic or political organizations, so long as that association does not violate the Hatch Act..

Board and committee members, and all staff members shall familiarize themselves with and are responsible for understanding and complying with the appropriate Kentucky Statutes, county and city ordinances, as well as these and other District policies regarding matters of ethics generally, and conflicts of interest specifically.

Policy No.  108  Issued  7/17/2003    

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