2017 ORS 244.010¹

(1) The Legislative Assembly declares that service as a public official is a public trust and that, as one safeguard for that trust, the people require all public officials to comply with the applicable provisions of this chapter.

(2) The Legislative Assembly recognizes and values the work of all public officials, whether elected or appointed.

(3) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that many public officials are volunteers and serve without compensation.

(4) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that it is the policy of the state to have serving on many state and local boards and commissions state and local officials who may have potentially conflicting public responsibilities by virtue of their positions as public officials and also as members of the boards and commissions, and declares it to be the policy of the state that the holding of such offices does not constitute the holding of incompatible offices unless expressly stated in the enabling legislation.

(5) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should put loyalty to the highest ethical standards above loyalty to government, persons, political party or private enterprise.

(6) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should not make private promises that are binding upon the duties of a public official, because a public official has no private word that can be binding on public duty.

(7) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should expose corruption wherever discovered.

(8) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should uphold the principles described in this section, ever conscious of the public’s trust. [1974 c.72 §§1,1a; 1987 c.566 §7; 2005 c.22 §185; 2007 c.865 §28; 2009 c.68 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Common law doctrine of incompatibility (i.e. that certain offices are inherently inconsistent or in conflict with one an­oth­er) does not apply under this sec­tion to elec­tion of school district employe as member of district board because that doctrine is judicial and does not purport to modify legislature’s power to es­tab­lish qualifica­tions of public of­fi­cers and employes. Columbia County Sch. Dist. 5 v. Prichard, 36 Or App 643, 585 P2d 701 (1978)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Public body employe serving as board member of same body, (1977) Vol 38, p 1441; Applicability of Oregon Govern­ment Ethics Law to contractors that perform services for govern­ment, (1990) Vol 46, p 350

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Notes of Decisions

Statutory scheme of this chapter is not unconstitu­tionally vague. Davidson v. Oregon Govern­ment Ethics Commission, 300 Or 415, 712 P2d 87 (1985)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Simultaneous membership in church and local governing body as constituting potential conflict of interest, (1981) Vol 41, p 490; contractors that perform services for govern­ment as “public officials” subject to ethics law, (1990) Vol 46, p 350

Law Review Cita­tions

19 WLR 701 (1983)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 244—Government Ethics, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors244.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 244, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano244.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.