a. Public office and employment are a public trust;
b. The vitality and stability of representative democracy depend upon the public's
confidence in the integrity of its elected and appointed representatives;
c. Whenever the public perceives a conflict between the private interests and the
public duties of a government officer or employee, that confidence is imperiled;
d. Governments have the duty both to provide their citizens with standards by which
they may determine whether public duties are being faithfully performed, and to apprise
their officers and employees of the behavior which is expected of them while conducting
their public duties; and
e. It is the purpose of this act to provide a method of assuring that standards of
ethical conduct and financial disclosure requirements for local government officers
and employees shall be clear, consistent, uniform in their application, and enforceable
on a Statewide basis, and to provide local officers or employees with advice and information
concerning possible conflicts of interest which might arise in the conduct of their
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