In monarchies, public officials receive special privileges as a result of their positions. By contrast, the virtue of a democracy is that leaders understand those they govern because leaders do not enjoy special privileges
A number of laws limit “perks” enjoyed by public servants. These restrict the income they make, what uses can be made of public resources and receipt of gifts and other gestures.
This handy, four-page excerpt from ILG’s, Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics Laws, is a plain language discussion of issues related to the legal and ethical considerations regarding gifts to public officials.
The City Managers Department of the League of California Cities and County Administrative Officers Association of California have adopted guidelines for determining chief executive compensation for local agencies.
This article explains the scope of the law that prohibits the use of public resources to send mailings that features the name or likeness of elected officials, including a handy diagram of how the law operates.