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|Conduct policy adopted for town workers|
|Written by Susanna Sheehan|
|Tuesday, 21 July 2009 14:12|
Duxbury selectmen have adopted a professional conduct policy for town employees. The one-page professional conduct document was crafted by Personnel Administrator Jeannie Horne and first presented to selectmen last month.
The policy outlines the townâ€™s expectations for the performance and behavior of its employees. These expectations include showing up for work, following instructions and town policies and being efficient and competent. The policy also states that employees must act â€œhonestly, conscientiously, and reasonablyâ€ and in the best interest of the town and its residents.
Selectmen voted unanimously to adopt the professional conduct policy. Despite approving the document, Selectman Jon Witten said he felt the policy was â€œgeneric and obviousâ€ and didnâ€™t feel that it could be enforced.
Horne disagreed saying, â€œThatâ€™s not my understanding. It is an enforceable document.â€
â€œThis policy is what any reasonable person would expect their work place to be,â€ said Horne. â€œIt sets the stage.â€
Selectmen Chairman Betsy Sullivan called the document â€œa mission statement for what we are, for what we are looking for, and for what we expect.â€
Horne said that this policy will eventually become part of an employee handbook and will be part of a packet for new employees. She said it will also be distributed to all town workers.
The professional conduct policy states that employees must respect the privacy of individuals and not abuse confidential information.
The policy applies to all paid, appointed town employees, except those under the School Committeeâ€™s supervision. Those employees in unions are subject to the policyâ€™s provisions that are not specifically regulated by their union contracts.