As a Sheriff, I recognize that I am given a special trust and confidence by the citizens I serve. This trust and confidence is my bond to ensure that I shall behave and act according to the highest personal and professional principles.
In furtherance of this pledge, I Will abide by the following Code of Ethics.
I shall ensure that my employees and I, in the performance of our duties, will enforce and administer the law according to the principles of the United States Constitution and applicable laws of our state so that equal protection of the law and due process are guaranteed to everyone. To that end, my employees and I shall not permit personal opinions, bias, prejudice, party affiliations, or consideration of the status of others to alter or lessen these principles.
I shall establish, promulgate and enforce standards of behavior for my employees consistent with the responsibilities, duties, obligations and functions of my Office as Sheriff. I shall not tolerate nor condone brutal, cruel, or inhumane treatment of others by my employees nor by inmates in my care and custody.
I shall adhere, at all times, to the standards and principles of honesty and integrity and I shall keep my private and political life unsullied as an example to all. I shall ensure that there is proper use and accountability of the public funds and property entrusted to my care. I shall follow sound principles of efficient and effective administration and management as the primary criteria for my judgments and decisions in the allocation of resources and services in fulfilling the responsibilities, duties, obligations and functions of my Office as Sheriff.
I shall endeavor to recruit, hire and promote only those persons who are the very best candidates for a position according to standards of objectivity and merit. I shall ensure that all employees are appropriately trained and supervised to enhance the performance of their duties so that competent and excellent service is provided by the Office of the Sheriff.
I shall ensure that during my tenure, I shall not use the Office of Sheriff for personal gain or self-aggrandizement and in all things well and truly behave myself in Office according to the best of my skill and power. I accept and will adhere to this Code of Ethics. In so doing, I also accept responsibility for encouraging others in my profession to abide by this Code. Adopted by the Standards, Ethics, Education and Training Committee at the'46th Annual Conference of the National Sheriffs' Association, June 4, 1986.