Elected officials must have a strong sense of ethics with a commitment to treat everyone with respect. Ethics provides a strong steersman for the canoe, a moral code applied everyday in every transaction and every decision. Ethics helps to set the path for elected officials to be servant leaders. Ethics helps to ensure that elected officials are honest, transparent in their decision-making, and not beholden to special interests.
Elected officials, as well as everyone else who works in government, have the responsibility to be ethical in their work and all their interactions with the general public. Innovative means of integrating ethics into government service could include establishing a new system of incentives for government agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of providing government services to the public, including leasing, permitting, and other regulatory approvals.
In the same way, everyone in the community has a personal responsibility to be ethical in their interactions with others in the community; and those who use our natural resources have an ethical responsibility to treat the environment with care, making sure the ecosystem remains healthy and productive.