All elected and appointed officials are sworn to the faithful performance of their duties by the Town Clerk.
Conflict of Interest Law Each person will receive and be asked to sign an acknowledgement of extracts pertaining to the "Conflict of Interest Law". The signed acknowledgement is prima facie evidence that each person is cognizant of those laws and should act accordingly. Click here for the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees, print it out for your records . Municipal employees should complete the " acknowledgment of receipt " at the bottom and return the receipt to the Town Clerk .This is required yearly.
All state, county and municipal employees are required by law to complete online training . This training must be completed within 30 days of appointment or election and every 2 years thereafter. Click Here for the Conflict of Interest Law Online Training Programthen click on the program link entitled (FOR MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES ) located in the center of the page. After you complete the training program, you will have to print out a completion certificate as evidence that you have complied with the online training requirement and return it to the Town Clerk.
Please Note : You do not have to be a full-time, paid municipal employee to be considered a municipal employee for conflict of interest purposes. Anyone performing services for a city or town or holding a municipal position, whether paid or unpaid, including full- and part-time municipal employees, elected officials, volunteers, and consultants, is a municipal employee under the conflict of interest law. An employee of a private firm can also be a municipal employee, if the private firm has a contract with the city or town and the employee is a "key employee" under the contract, meaning the town has specifically contracted for her services. The law also covers private parties who engage in impermissible dealings with municipal employees, such as offering bribes or illegal gifts. Town meeting members and charter commission members are not municipal employees under the conflict of interest law.
The requirements can be summarized as follows: Each year, every state, county, and municipal employee must be given a summary of the conflict of interest law prepared by the Ethics Commission and, every two years, they must complete an online training program prepared by the Commission.
For more information; Education and Training Guidelines http://www.mass.gov/ethics/education-and-training-resources/education-training-guidelines.html