On July 1, 2009, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009 which made important changes to the state’s conflict of interest law and the State Ethics Commission’s enabling act.
Among those changes are the mandatory Conflict of Interest Law education and training requirements for public employees at all levels of government. Under the State conflict of interest law the term “employee” includes full and part-time municipal employees as well as elected officials, committee and board appointees, and individuals under a contract or on a consultant basis. This does not include charter commission members or Town Meeting Members.
You are a municipal employee required to acknowledge receipt of the summary of the law and complete the online training program for municipal employees if any of the following is true:
There are two steps that affect municipal employees, boards and committees.
If you do not have a computer available, you can obtain a copy of the materials at the Town Clerk’s Office and sign the acknowledgement receipt at that time. This will be recorded either on the Town Clerk’s web page or in the Office of the Town Clerk which complies with the new legislation.
Before you begin the program, please note the following in order to ensure your ability to obtain an acceptable completion certificate to provide to your employer:
The quiz takes about 40 minutes to complete and you can’t fail! The quiz does not let you advance to the next question until you select the correct answer!!
Thank you for assisting us in complying with this new legislation. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 781-455-7500 x 216.
Theodora K. Eaton, MMC