Executive Order 95-01
January 3, 1995
WHEREAS, it is the purpose and responsibility of Rhode Island State Government to deliver services to the public it serves in an effective, efficient, and ethical manner; and
WHEREAS, it is vital for the people of Rhode Island to have confidence in their State Government and to regard State Government as an institution of public trust; and
WHEREAS, public trust requires a governing environment based on the integrity and accountability of officials and employees who adhere to high standards of professional excellence and ethics; and
WHEREAS, these goals can best be achieved with a formalized Code of Conduct for all officials and employees and implementation of procedures designed to ensure that ethical issues are raised and addressed promptly as they arise.
NOW, THEREFORE, DO I, as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, issue as my first Executive Order the following directive applicable to myself and all officials and employees within the jurisdiction of the Chief Executive:
I. All persons subject to this Order shall comply with the mandates of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission/ as stated in Title 36, Chapter 14 of the Rhode Island General Laws and related rules and regulations.
INTEGRITY AND ETHICAL PRINCIPLES FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES
I declare my commitment to conduct myself at all times according to the highest principles of integrity and professional conduct in carrying out my public responsibilities and will adhere to the following standards:
I will not use public service for private gain- in all matters of official concern, the public interest will take precedence over any private interest.
All my acts will be guided and inspired by a commitment to public service and by respect for the Constitution, and the laws which emanate from it.
I will perform my duties to the best of my ability without favor or prejudice and in a manner that merits the trust and confidence of the public.
I will properly care for and preserve all public property in my custody or control and will not use public property for any purpose other than official business.
I will respect and safeguard all confidential information to which I have access in the course of my official duties and will not abuse or misuse any information with which I am entrusted.
I will serve the public with respect/concern/courtesy, and responsiveness.
I will uphold the ethical and moral principles in the Code of Ethics in R.I. Gen. laws Chapter 36-14 and this Code of Conduct.
As Governor, I call upon all public officials and employees, within and without the jurisdiction of my office, to join with me in adopting these principles as a demonstration of their commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in State Government as we take up the reins of leadership of our State for the next four years.