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Code of Ethics


PURPOSE
To document the policy of Whatcom County Cemetery District 10 to
assure that the commissioners and other individual acting on behalf or
for the District is in compliance with the laws of the state of Washington.

A. REVISED CODE OF WASHINGTON	 
	 1. Chapter 42.23, Code of Ethics for Municipal Officers - Contract Interests, includes the following 
		  RCW Sections:		 
			 •  42.23.010	Declaration of purpose	 
			 •  42.23.020	Definitions	 
			 •  42.23.030	Interest in contracts prohibited - Exceptions
			 •  42.23.040	Remote interests	 
			 •  42.23.050	Prohibited contracts void - Penalties forr violation of chapter
			 •  42.23.060	Local charter controls chapter	 
			 •  42.23.070	Prohibited acts	 
			 •  42.23.900	Contruction - Chapter applicable to state registered domestic partnerships

B. PUBLIC TRUST: Whatcom County Cemetery District 10, as a municipal corporation, operates
	 according to the Revised Code of Washington and is subject to scrutiny by, and accountable to,
	 the governmental authorities thereof as well as to members of the general public.
	1. Consequently, there exists between Whatcom County Cemetery District 10, its board of
		commissioners and its management employees and the general public a fiduciary duty, which
		carries with it a broad and unbending duty of loyalty and fidelity. 	 
	2. The commissioners and management employees have the responsibility of administering the
		affairs of Whatcom County Cemetery District 10 honestly and prudently, and of exercising their
		best care, skill, and judgment for the sole benefit of the Whatcom County Cemetery District 10.. 
		These persons shall exercise the utmost good faith in all transactions involved in their duties,
		and they shall not use their positions with Whatcom County Cemetery District 10, or knowledge 
		gained therefrom, for their personal benefit.  The interests of the District must be the first
		priority in all decisions and actions.	 
	3. If an issue is to be decided by the Board of Commissioners that involves potential conflict of 
		interest for a an individual commissioner, it is the responsibility of that commissioner to:
		   a. Identify the potential conflict of interest	 
		   b. Not participate in discussion of the program or motion being considered
		   c. Not vote on the issue		 
	4. It is the responsibility of the Board of Commissioners to:	 
		   a. Only decide to contract with that commissioner if he or she is the best qualified
			   individual available, and willing to provide the goods or services needed at the best price
		   b. Record in the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Commissioners the potential conflict of
			   of interest, and the use of procedures and criteria contained in this policy
	5. It is not a conflict of interest to reimburse commissioners for expenses incurred (such as the
		 purchase of supplies, as one example).

C. EXAMPLES OR AREAS where conflicts of interest may arise with third parties are:
	 1. Persons and firms supplying goods or services to Whatcom County Cemetery District 10
	 2. Persons from whom Whatcom County Cemetery District 10  leases property and equipment
	 3. Persons with whom Whatcom County Cemetery District 10 is dealing or planning to deal in 
		 connection with the gift, purchase or sale of real estate, securities, or other property
	 4. Competing or affinity with individuals, firms or organizations	 
	 5. Donors and others supporting Whatcom County Cemetery District 10	 
	 6. Agencies, organizations, and associations which affect the operations of the Whatcom County
		 Cemetery District 10		 
	 7. Family members, friends, and other employees	 
	 8. Owning stock or holding debt or other proprietary interests in any third party dealing with
		 Whatcom County Cemetery District 10	 
	 9. Holding office, serving on the board, participating in management, or being otherwise employed
		 (or formerly employed) with any third party dealing with Whatcom County Cemetery District 10
	 10.  Receiving remuneration for services with respect to individual transactions involving Whatcom
		  County Cemetery District 10		 
	 11.  Using Whatcom County Cemetery District 10's time, personnel, equipment supplies, or good will
		  for other than Whatcom County Cemetery District 10's approved activities, programs and
		  purposes
	 12.  Receiving personal gifts or loans from third parties dealing or competing with Whatcom County
		  Cemetery District 10.  The receipt of any gift is disapproved except gifts of a value less than 
		  $50 which could not be refused without discourtesy.  No personal gift of money should ever be
		  accepted.
	 13.  Refrain from obtaining any list of Whatcom County Cemetery District 10's clients for personal or
		  private purposes		 

D. A LETTER OF UNDERTAKING shall be signed by any individual who is elected or appointed as a
	 member of the Board of Commissioners which shall be considered to be in full force and effect until
	 the expiration of his or her term of office.  Refer to Exhibt A.	 

E. INTERPRETATION OF THIS STATEMENT OF POLICY: The examples and areas of possible
	 conflicts of interest in II.B. are not exhaustive.  Conflicts might arise in other areas or through other
	 relations.  It is assumed that the commissioners and management employees will recognize such
	 areas and relations by analogy.		
											



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