WHEREAS, public confidence in the integrity of the government of the State of Missouri is of utmost importance; and
WHEREAS, the executive branch of state government must discharge its duties in an independent and impartial manner; and
WHEREAS, executive branch employees must treat the public and fellow employees with respect, courtesy, and dignity, and provide equal access to services for all members of the public; and
WHEREAS, executive branch employees' conduct not only must be within the letter of the law but must seek to fulfill the spirit and intent of the law; and
WHEREAS, executive branch employees must provide a full day's work for a full day's pay, giving to the performance of their duties their earnest effort and best thought; and
WHEREAS, executive branch employees must demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and honesty and must not realize undue personal gain from the performance of any official duties; and
WHEREAS, executive branch employees are responsible for enhancing the mission of their agencies; and
WHEREAS, a clear statement of the code of conduct which guides the executive branch is both an assurance to the citizens of Missouri and an aid to our steadfast efforts;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN ASHCROFT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, UNDER THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF THIS STATE, INCLUDING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 105,969 RSMO CUM. SUPP, 1992, DO HEREBY SET FORTH A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR EXECUTIVE BRANCH EMPLOYEES OF MISSOURI STATE GOVERNMENT (EXCEPTING THE EMPLOYEES OF THOSE ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO ARE TO ESTABLISH AN INTERNAL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THEIR OFFICES):
- Executive branch employees shall conduct the business of state government in a manner which Inspires public confidence and trust,
- Employees shall avoid any interest or activity which improperly influences, or gives the appearance of improperly influencing, the conduct of their official duties,
- Employees shall act impartially and neither dispense nor accept special favors or privileges which might be construed to improperly influence the performance of their official duties.
- Employees shall not allow political participation or affiliation to improperly influence the performance of their duties to the public.
- Employees shall not engage in business with state government, hold financial interests, or engage in outside employment when such actions are inconsistent with the conscientious performance of their official duties.
- Employees shall not use or improperly possess an illegal controlled substance or alcohol in the workplace or during working hours.
- Employees of the State are expected to comply with the statutes of Missouri at all times.
- Executive branch employees shall conduct themselves in scrupulous compliance with applicable federal, state and local law.
- Employees shall observe all conflict of interest provisions in law applicable to their agencies and positions of employment,
- Employees shall adhere to all laws providing equal opportunity to all citizens,
- Employees shall perform their responsibilities as they are specified in, law or other authority establishing those responsibilities,
- Financial compensation of state employment authorized salaries and fringe benefits, consists of only
- Employees shall not use their public positions in a manner designed to create personal gain.
- Employees shall not disclose confidential information gained by reason of their public positions, nor shall employees use such information for personal gain or benefit,
- Employees shall not directly or indirectly attempt to influence agency decisions in matters relating to prospective employers with whom employment has been accepted or is being negotiated.
- Executive branch employees owe the public the diligent application of their knowledge, skills and abilities for which they are compensated.
- Employees shall not perform outside employment or other activities not appropriate during hours compensated for state employment and will use leave and other benefits provided by the State only for the purposes intended.
- Employees shall carry out all lawful instructions of designated supervisors, and will report instructions not consistent with law to the proper authorities.
- Equipment, material and supplies purchased with public funds are intended for the performance of public purposes only,
- Employees shall use and maintain state equipment, materials and supplies in an efficient manner which will conserve future usefulness.
- Employees shall use state equipment, materials and supplies solely for purposes related to the performance of state business.
- The work of state government will be conducted with respect, concern and courtesy toward clients, coworkers and the general public,
- Employees shall approach their duties with a positive attitude and constructively support open communication, dedication and compassion.
- Employees shall conduct their duties with courtesy toward clients, co-workers, patients, inmates and the general public,recognizing the diverse background, characteristics and beliefs of all those with whom they conduct state business.
- Employees shall not engage in any form of illegal harassment or discrimination in the workplace, including on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age or disability.
- Employees, in connection with the performance of their duties, shall not seek sexual favors from a client, co-worker, patient, inmate or member of the public.
- This code shall provide guidance to the officials and employees of the executive branch of Missouri state government in matters of employment related conduct.
- When questions arise in the application of this code, the public interest will receive resolution.
- This code is not intended to fully prescribe the proper conduct of employees and the failure to prohibit an employee action in this code does not constitute approval of the action.
- This code is intended as a supplement to the provisions in law which govern employee conduct, and in no instance does it decrease the requirements in law.
- Agency heads are responsible for promoting and enforcing this code of conduct among the employees of their agencies in accordance with their respective agency procedures, and shall supplement it with additional provisions to meet the needs their agencies.
- This code is intended to provide guidance for employment related conduct and Is not intended to create any right or benefit enforceable by law.
- No state agency or appointing authority threaten or otherwise retaliate against shall discharge, an employee for reporting In good faith any violation of this code,
- In applying this code to specific situations, the standard to be used Is that of a reasonable person having knowledge of the pertinent circumstances.
||IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 31st day of January, 1992.
||[John Ashcroft's signature]
[Roy D. Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
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