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Principles of Township Governance Excellence

Clay Township

Principles of Township Governance Excellence

 To maintain the high standards and traditions of Michigan townships, the Clay Township Board adopts the following dynamic principles of governance excellence to guide our stewardship, deliberations, constituent services and commitment to safeguard our community’s health, safety and general welfare.

 The Clay Township Board pledges to:  

  • ·Insist on the highest standards of ethical conduct by all who act on behalf of this township; 
  •  Bring credit, honor and dignity to our public offices through collegial board deliberations and through
     diligent, appropriate responses to constituent concerns; 
  •  Actively pursue education and knowledge, and to embrace best practices;
  •  Treat all persons with dignity, respect and impartiality; without prejudice or discrimination;
  •  Practice openness and transparency in our decisions and actions;
  • Cooperate in all reasonable ways with other government entities and to consider the impact our decisions may have outside our township’s borders;
  • Communicate to the public township issues, challenges and successes, and welcome the active involvement of stakeholders to further the township’s well being;
  • Strive for compliance with state and federal statutory requirements;
  • Refuse to participate in any decisions or activities for personal gain, at the expense of the best interests of the township;
  •  Further the understanding of the obligations and responsibilities of American citizenship, democratic government and freedom.

These principles we pledge to our citizens, our state, and to our country.

Passed by the Clay Township Board on July 15, 2013