As a constitutionally
elected Sheriff, I recognize and accept that I am given a special
trust and confidence by the citizens and employees whom I have
been elected to serve, represent, and manage. This trust and confidence
is my bond to ensure that I shall behave and act according to
the highest personal and professional standards. In furtherance
of this pledge, I will abide by the following Code of Ethics.
I SHALL ENSURE that I and my employees,
in the performance of our duties, will enforce and administer
the law according to the standards of the U.S. Constitution and
applicable State Constitutions and statutes so that equal protection
of the law is guaranteed to everyone. To that end I shall not
permit personal opinions, party affiliations, or considerations
of the status of others to alter or lessen this standard of treatment
I SHALL ESTABLISH, PROMULGATE AND ENFORCE
a set of standards of behavior of my employees which will govern
the overall management and operation of the law enforcement functions,
court related activities, and corrections operations of my agency.
I SHALL NOT TOLERATE NOR CONDONE brutal
or inhumane treatment of others by my employees nor shall I permit
or condone inhumane or brutal treatment of inmates in my care
I STRICTLY ADHERE to standards of fairness
and integrity in the conduct of campaigns for election and I shall
conform to all applicable statutory standards of election financing
and reporting so that the Office of the Sheriff is not harmed
by the actions of myself or others.
I SHALL ROUTINELY CONDUCT or have conducted
an internal and external audit of the public funds entrusted to
my care and publish this information so that citizens can be informed
about my stewardship of these funds.
I SHALL FOLLOW the accepted principles
of efficient and effective administration and management as the
principle criteria for my judgments and decisions in the allocation
of resources and services in law enforcement, court related and
corrections functions of my office.
I SHALL HIRE AND PROMOTE only those employees
or others who are the very best candidates for a position according
to accepted standards of objectivity and merit. I shall not permit
other factors to influence hiring or promotion practices.
I SHALL ENSURE that all employees are
granted and receive relevant training and supervision in the performance
of their duties so that competent and excellent service is provided
by the Office of the Sheriff.
I SHALL ENSURE that during my tenure as
Sheriff, I shall not use the Office of Sheriff for private gain.
I ACCEPT AND WILL ADHERE TO THIS CODE OF ETHICS.
In so doing, I also accept responsibility for encouraging
others in my profession to abide by this code.
Sheriff Kevin T. Harrison