Dan De Pompei’s letter last week questioned whether Sudbury has a code of ethics “defining the moral principles and duties of all our elected and appointed officials.”
He should be pleased to learn that every elected and appointed official signs the following pledge: “I agree that if appointed, I will work toward furtherance of the committee’s mission statement; and further, I agree that I will conduct my committee activities in a manner which is compliant with all relevant State and Local laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Open Meeting Law, Public Records Law, Conflict of Interest Law, Email Policy and Code of Conduct for Town Committees.”
All of the aforementioned policies are readily available for review online, and each newly elected and appointed official receives a manual and training on the requirements and nuances of the various requirements in a formal, annual session. Violations of state ethics laws are reportable to, and punishable by, the State Ethics Commission.
Although I’m sure Mr. DePompei has the best of intentions, any inference drawn from his letter that suggests that Sudbury town government lacks ethical regulation or oversight is simply inaccurate.
Henry’s Mill Lane