Receipt of Information and
Acknowledgement of Responsibilities
Regarding the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and the Conflict of Interest Act
The Leesburg Town Council believes that all business of Town government should be conducted in the most open and accessible manner possible. It is in the best interest of the residents of the Town and it is the law.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act promotes openness in government. The act states that it "ensures the people of the Commonwealth ready access to records in the custody of public officials and free entry to meetings of public bodies wherein the business of the people is being conducted." (Va. Code section 2.2-3700.B)
Beyond consolidation of related laws, the Virginia Conflict of Interest Act cites as key purposes:
- To help ensure that the government will "fully represent" the public in its operation.
- To give citizens confidence in public officials and the government so they will trust the government, by creating a clear set of rules for government officials.
To fulfill both the letter and spirit of these important laws, the Town Council requires all appointed members of Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees as well as any Task Forces or Subcommittee appointed by Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees, to read and review the most recent edition of the Virginia Municipal League Virginia Freedom of lnformation Act and the Virginia Conflict of Interest Act Guide for Local Government Leaders, before attendance at their first meeting. This document also includes the complete Virginia Code sections pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act and the Conflict of Interest Act.