Commitment to Ethics

Fair and Equal Treatment for People
We treat all citizens with courtesy, impartiality, fairness and equality. No employee shall grant any special consideration, treatment or advantage to any citizen beyond that which is available to every other citizen. We will also maintain a viable workforce that reflects the diversity of our community.

Effective Use of Public Funds and Resources
We believe in responsible stewardship of public funds, with the most cost effective use of the taxpayer's money. We provide responsible stewardship of the city's assets and resources.

Support for People, the Environment and the Community
We will meet the economic, social, institutional and environmental needs of current citizens without compromising the ability of future citizens to meet their own.

Responsive to the Public
We listen to members of our community, understand their needs and develop policies and programs. We make, and keep, realistic commitments. We strive to meet our citizens' and customers' needs in a professional and courteous manner.

Commitment to Quality and Excellence
We aspire to the highest level of excellence in our products and services. We hire highly skilled and involved staff who understand the technical aspects of government and care for people. We recognize and reward both individual and group contributions to the success of this city.

Commitment to our Community
We are committed to providing exceptional services that enhance the quality of life for the Gainesville community.

Ethics Policy: We recognize that the proper operation of a democratic, open government requires that public employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people of Gainesville. As such, a Code of Ethical Standards has been in place since 1980. To view the code in its entirety, please click here.

Other Links:
Florida Commission on Ethics
International City/County Management Association on Ethics Awareness