Do the Oregon Government Ethics laws cover all bad behaviors that a public official might do?

No. There are occasions when a public official engages in conduct that may be viewed as unethical, but that conduct may not be governed by Oregon Government Ethics law. Without an apparent statutory violation, the following are some examples of conduct by public officials that are not within the authority of the Commission to address:

  • An elected official making promises or claims that are not acted upon.
  • Public officials mismanaging or exercising poor judgment when administering public money.
  • Public officials being rude or unmannerly.
  • Public officials using deception or misrepresenting information or events.

While the conduct described above may not be addressed in Oregon Government Ethics law, public agency policies and procedures may prohibit or redress the behavior. Please contact the Commission staff if you need further clarification regarding how the Oregon Government Ethics law may apply to circumstances you may encounter.

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1. Who are public officials?
2. Are volunteers "public officials"?
3. What are the provisions of law that prohibit a public official from using the position or office held for financial gain?
4. What are some examples of actions a public official might do, that would be a violation of the prohibited use of office provision in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 244.040(1)?
5. Are there any financial benefits a public official is allowed to receive, even if those benefits are only available because of the official position the person holds?
6. Do the Oregon Government Ethics laws prevent 2 people who are related from being employed by the same public body, or serving the same public body?
7. Do the OR Ethics laws prohibit a public official from working for a private employer or owning a private business while being employed by a public body/while holding a position with a public body?
8. What is a "conflict of interest" as defined in Oregon Government Ethics law?
9. What are the 2 types of conflict of interest?
10. Does Oregon Government Ethics law limit the gifts that public officials may receive?
11. Do the Oregon Government Ethics laws cover all bad behaviors that a public official might do?