The declaration of the policy states:
The proper operation of democratic government requires that candidates, elected officials, employees and volunteers of local governments be independent, impartial and responsible to the people; that governmental decisions and policy be made in proper channels of the governmental structure; that public office or the pursuit of public office not be used for personal gains; and that the public have confidence in the integrity of its government.
To assist in attaining these goals, there is established a code of conduct for all elected officials and employees and volunteers of county government, including members of boards, committees and commissions. The purpose of this division is to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all candidates for elected office, elected officials, employees, and volunteers by setting forth those acts or actions which are incompatible with the best interests of the county and by requiring such candidates, elected officials, employees, and volunteers to disclose personal interests, financial or otherwise, in matters affecting the county. It is the further purpose of this code of conduct to protect county employees and volunteers from undue influence, threats or fear of threat or reprisal with respect to the exercise of their constitutional right to support candidates of their choice.