Governance & Accountability: Fiduciary Responsibilities - Ethics and Nepotism
Ethics & Nepotism
Ethics prohibit the acceptance and solicitation of gifts, compensation or loans by an elected official; it also deals with conflicts of interest (elected officials may accept an occasional gift having a value of $50 or less and a conflict of interest may be allowed as long as full and proper disclosure is made).
Nepotism means that no public official may employ, appoint, vote for, or recommend a relative for employment. (See the Governance & Accountability Manual for information on who is considered a relative and exceptions to this requirement).