- A. Realize that his/her basic function is to make policy, with administration delegated to the Administrator.
- B. Realize that he/she is one of a team and should abide by, and carry out, all Council decisions once they are made.
- C. Be well-informed concerning the duties of a Council member on both local and state levels.
- D. Remember that he/she represents the entire community at all times.
- E. Accept the office as a means of unselfish service, not benefit personally or politically from his/her Council activities.
- F. In all appointments, avoid political patronage by judging all candidates on merit, experience, and qualifications only.
- G. Abide by the ethics established by the State and not use the position to obtain inside information on matters which may benefit someone personally.
2. A member of the Council, in his/her relations with administrative officers of the Town, should:
- A. Endeavor to establish sound, clearly defined policies that will direct and support the administration for the benefit of the people of the community.
- B. Recognize and support the administrative chain of command and refuse to act on complaints as an individual outside the administration.
- C. Give the Administrator full responsibility for discharging the duties of his/her office.
3. A member of the Council, in his/her relations with fellow Council members, should:
- A. Recognize that action at official legal meetings is binding and that he/she alone cannot bind the Council outside of such meetings.
- B. Not make statements or promises of how he/she will vote on matters that will come before the Council until he/she has had an opportunity to hear the pros and cons of the issue during a Council meeting.
- C. Uphold the intent of executive session and respect the privileged communication that exists in executive session.
- D. Make decisions only after all facts on a question have been presented and discussed.
- E. Treat with respect the rights of all members of the Council despite differences of opinion.
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