Morrison County Board approves new code of conduct

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


Morrison County’s Board of Commissioners approved a Code of Conduct for themselves at its Tuesday meeting.

“I was asked to research what, if any, policies exist in other counties regarding commissioner conduct. I gleaned language from those and brought it to the Board for consideration,” said County Administrator Deb Gruber.

The code specifies that commissioners will respect the dignity of all individuals, refraining from using profane, threatening or abusive language during any interaction with each other, the public or county employees.

“Part of my campaign promise was to ensure appropriate behavior of county commissioners with county employees and the public,” said Commissioner Kevin Maurer. “Implementing this code of conduct was necessary to assure that commissioners are held to the same standard of conduct as their employees. Any elected official should adhere to an even higher standard.”

The resolution states, if a commissioner is made aware of another commissioner “exhibiting less than professional, respectful or lawful behavior, it is their responsibility to bring the matter to the attention of the entire County Board to be addressed as deemed necessary.”

“It’s the responsibility and duty of the County Board to hold everyone accountable, and that includes the County Board,” said Commissioner Jeff  Jelinski. “As a board member, I expect to be held to a high standard of professional conduct.”

“It’s important for all employees, whether elected or not, to adhere to a basic set of principles when it comes to interacting and communicating with others. By adopting this Code of Conduct, the Morrison County Commissioners recognize the importance of a professional and respectful work environment,” said Gruber. “They are leading by example in identifying standards that they are prepared to hold themselves to and provide direction as to what is to occur if those standards are not adhered to.”