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It is the policy of the Village Manager that persons on Boards and Commissions of the Village and/or their relatives are not eligible for employment by the Village while serving on a Board or Commission. Members also not eligible to purchase real estate from the Village.
Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner Services: Volunteers/Commissioners of the Village of Park Forest (the “Village”) serve on specific committees, which provide insights and recommendations to the Board of Trustees. These valuable insights assist the elected officials in the decision-making process as they look to implement policies that best suit the needs of Park Forest residents.
Volunteer Board/CommissionerA Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner is defined as anyone, an appointed member of the board or commission serving without compensation or expectation of compensation beyond reimbursement, who performs at the direction of the Trustee Liaison/Staff Liaison on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Village of Park Forest. A Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner must be officially appointed by the Village prior to performance of a task. This is done by filling out a Volunteer Board/Commissioner application found on the Village’s website or at Village Hall. Unless specifically agreed by the Village, individuals will not be considered as Volunteers Board/ Commissioners of the Village. Volunteer Board Members/Commissioners shall not expect future employment at the Village.
Guidelines for all Volunteer Board/CommissionersAll Volunteer Board Members/Commissioners are required to read the Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner Code of Conduct. By applying to serve on a Volunteer Board/Commission you acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined therein.
Code of ConductAs a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner of the Village of Park Forest, I will do my utmost to represent the Village in a respectable manner by adhering to the following standards and principles:
1. I will abide by the rules and guidelines imposed by the Village of Park Forest.2. As a member of a public body that advises the Village of Park Forest Board of Trustees, I understand that it is imperative that my financial obligations (water bill, parking ticket, business license, etc.) to the Village of Park Forest be current. 3. I will understand and respect the Village’s non-partisan approach to local government and the Council/Manager form of government.4. I will work to ensure that as a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner I am aiming to benefit the community and the Village.5. I will respectfully listen to those who communicate with the board, seek to understand the views while recognizing my responsibility to represent the interests of the entire community. 6. I will keep in mind everyone’s safety and report any incidents that may occur to the Trustee Liaison or Staff Liaison.7. I understand that as a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner, I am expected and required to report to duties on time and in an unimpaired condition for my assigned tasks, which includes not having any alcohol or illegal drugs in my system as that may interfere with my duties. 8. I understand that there may be media coverage of certain events at the Village facilities. I agree that I shall not grant radio, televisions, or press interviews, or otherwise initiate or accept media contact relating in any way to the Village. Should my likeness be photographed, taped, or otherwise recorded by the Village or media, I irrevocably consent to the reproduction and use of such photography, tapes, or other recordings without compensation to me and hereby assign my rights I may have to the Village. 9. I agree to hold in confidence any information disclosed to me concerning the business activities of the Village, and relation to any confidential or proprietary data, and agree not to divulge such information to any person or persons unless I have received written authorization from the Village. I agree not to remove any documents or materials (whether computer-generated, hard copy, audio or otherwise) from any of the offices or other locations in which the Village conducts business, and I expressly agree that any such photographs or records, if made, may be retrieved without notice by the Village and/or enjoined from use by the Village. 10. I understand that I am prohibited from making disparaging or defamatory statements about the Village of Park Forest or its activities. I further understand that I should refrain from posting anything about co-Volunteer Board Members/Commissioners, Village personal, or Village of Park Forest’s affiliates, partners, constitutes, clients, or vendors that might be offensive.11. In the event that I am unable to fulfill my obligation, and/or be absent, I will notify my Chair or Staff Liaison as soon as possible and the Trustee Liaison will be kept informed.12. I understand that repeated/unexcused absences will result in my termination as a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, missing more than three (3)meetings in one calendar year may be grounds for dismissal.13. I understand that I am expected to participate in any required Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner training sessions and/or orientations. Among other things, this includes Illinois Open Meetings Act training, annual sexual harassment training, filing of statements of economic interest, etc. 14. I will have a positive, enthusiastic and respectful attitude while assisting other Volunteer Board Members/Commissioners in the implementation of activities. 15. I hereby assign to the Village all right, title, and interest in and to any work product developed or created by me for the Village in connection with my services as a Volunteer Board/Commissioner. I acknowledge that this assignment further extends to any and all profits derived from the sale, use or other application of any such work product or part thereof. 16. I will respect the rights of the participants’ and confidentiality of other Volunteer Board Members/Commissioners. I will not discuss publicly any situations or personal characteristics of participants or other Volunteer Board Members/Commissioners. 17. I will display ethical, professional conduct and behavior at all times while representing the Village of Park Forest.18. I will respect Village facilities and will use common sense when in the use of such facilities. Use of Village facilities will only take place with proper authorization or approval to do so. 19. I understand that in the event of a conflict, I shall avoid any verbal or physical arguments and inform my Trustee Liaison or Staff Liaison. 20. I understand and shall abide by the Village of Park Forest’s anti-harassment policy. I further understand that it is my responsibility to report any act of discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy.21. I understand and agree that as a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner, I shall receive no compensation for my services. 22. I understand that any failing to abide by the Code of Conduct may result in my removal as a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner for the Village.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT AND REVIEW I have read the Village of Park Forest’s Code of Conduct for Volunteer Board Members/Commissioners and understand its contents. I understand that the Village of Park Forest expressly reserves the right to change, modify or delate provisions without any notice. I have entered into my Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner relationship with the Village of Park Forest voluntarily and acknowledge that there is no specific length of being a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner. Accordingly, I can terminate the relationship at any time. As a Volunteer Board Member/Commissioner serving at will, my tenure may be terminated with or without cause, at any time in accordance with the Local Volunteer Board Member Removal Act and any other local or state laws which might apply. Furthermore, I acknowledge that there is no contract of employment or volunteer/commissioner. I understand that it is my responsibility to fully read and comply with the policies contained herein, and any revisions made to it.