Utah has adopted a number of ethical provisions in the Utah Code that deal with preventing or requiring disclosure of conflicts of interest through the County Officers and Employees Disclosure Act. These are situations where a county employee or officer’s faithful performance of job duties or independence of judgement may be compromised by that person’s private business or economic interests.
The Act outlines the nature of relationships and transactions that can be problematic. It also details disclosure requirements and penalties for violations. Utah also has certain addressing nepotism (employing relatives).
The state Legislature has a State Ethics Commission in place to handle violations and provide recommended disciplinary action. Counties are also permitted to create their own ethics commission whose jurisdiction would trump that of the State’s.
Related: The Public Employees Ethics Act with Gavin Anderson