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Board of Trustees and Library Employee Ethics Policy

The Lake County Public Library (LCPL) is dependent on the trust of its community to successfully achieve its mission. Therefore, it is crucial that all Board members and employees conduct business with the highest level of integrity avoiding any impropriety or the appearance of impropriety.

Guiding Principles:

Board members and employees will

  • act according to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct;

  • ensure compliance with applicable laws, policies, procedures, and workplace rules of the Lake County Public Library;

  • follow sound financial practices, including accurate financial reporting, processes to protect assets, and responsible fiscal management and internal controls;

  • refrain from engaging in activities that conflict with their fiduciary, ethical, and legal obligations of LCPL;

  • communicate ethical standards of conduct through instruction and example.


To preserve and uphold the Lake County Public Library’s reputation as an organization of unimpeachable integrity, each Board member and key employees will sign an Ethics and Conflict of Interest Statement.


If any Board member or the executive director appears to be in conflict of the "Guiding Principles" above, he or she will be asked to meet with the Board Executive Committee to discuss the issue. The Executive Committee will make a recommendation to the full Board based on their findings.

Employees who are or appear to be in conflict with the "Guiding Principles" will be asked to meet with the director who will make a determination as to discipline or termination based on his or her findings.