Brief history of the Board of Ethics of the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut and reports of the Board's principal opinions, decisions and other official statements from the inception of the Board in 1965 until June of 2012. These reports cover a broad range of ethical issues facing government officials and employees, volunteers and non-profit agencies, as well as service providers and contractors. More
Established by Connecticut's colonial administrators in 1665, Greenwich is one of the oldest and largest towns in the United States, has faced many challenges and has emerged as one of its most admired communities. Known today for its enviable tax base and many prominent residents, it shares a history of active citizen participation in local government with many New England communities and is recognized as one of the nation's strongest and most active political units. The Town has one of the world's largest legislative bodies and relies heavily on unpaid volunteers, serving on various boards, commissions and agencies, to supervise and conduct many of its most important activities. The active civic involvement of its citizens in Town government creates many opportunities for conflicts of interest to arise. In the 1960's, progressive political leaders in the Town saw the need and the opportunity for Greenwich to implement new ethical standards. In order to assure local businesses and residents that its governmental activities would be conducted with integrity and openness, the Town adopted a broad Code of Ethics. Recognizing the need for further interpretation of its general prohibitions, the Code established a Board of Ethics, whose members are responsible for hearing complaints of violations of the Code, overseeing ethics reporting, and providing advisory opinions. This volume reports on nearly fifty years of activity by the Board in addressing these issues. Its opinions, addressing questions about how the Code should be interpreted in specific real world situations, serve as concrete guidance, not only for the individuals requesting them, but also for others who might find themselves in similar situations. A topical index is included.