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The proper operation of democratic government requires that public officials and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people; that government decisions and policies be made in proper channels of the government structure; that public office and employment not be used for improper personal gain; and that the public have confidence in the integrity of its government. The County Board believes that a code of ethics for the guidance of County officials and employees will help them avoid conflicts which are substantial and material between their personal interests and their public responsibilities. In recognition of these goals, there is hereby established a Code of Ethics for Kenosha County officials and employees. Except as hereinafter provided it is intended that this code shall apply to all persons whose functions require the exercise of discretion and judgment including all County government officials elected by ballot in Kenosha County and members of boards and commissions or committees which are considered part of Kenosha County government. Specifically exempt from the provisions of this ordinance are the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors and the following State employees who are governed by separate codes of ethics: Circuit Court Judges, the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys. Nothing herein contained is intended to deny to any individual, rights granted by the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, the laws of the State of Wisconsin. [Code § 20.02-1, 2018.]