Gwinnett agrees to new code of conduct

gwxpartnership3When they agreed to adopt a new code of conduct Tuesday, Gwinnett County commissioners focused on respect and trust.

The code, which has been in the works for more than two months, is in response to a series of scandals that led several previous commissioners to leave office and left trust in local government in shambles.

The final document promises the commissioners will “be mindful” of their roles as stewards for Gwinnett and will build trust with residents “by interacting with the public in an honest and transparent manner.”

They will be respectful of one another, be open-minded and be engaged in discussions about the county’s business. And they aim to recognize the contributions of employees and encourage them to share more.

Such a code is unusual for local governments. For more on the process, see this story at