Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Division VI - Rules and Regulations Regarding Conduct of Officers

A Deputy Sher­iff shall be sub­ject to dis­charge who shall par­tic­i­pate in, or encour­age oth­ers to par­tic­i­pate in, any strike or work stop­page grow­ing out of any dis­pute of what­ev­er nature rel­a­tive to wages, terms or con­di­tions of employment.

(A) A Deputy Sher­iff may be dis­charged for par­tic­i­pa­tion while on duty dur­ing reg­u­lar or spe­cial work­ing hours in any of the fol­low­ing acts:

  1. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the orga­ni­za­tion of any polit­i­cal meeting;
  2. Solic­it­ing mon­ey from any per­son for any polit­i­cal purpose;
  3. Sell­ing or dis­trib­ut­ing tick­ets for polit­i­cal meetings;
  4. Assist­ing at the polls in behalf of any par­ty or par­­­ty-des­ig­­­nat­ed can­di­date on any elec­tion day;
  5. Using or threat­en­ing to use the influ­ence or author­i­ty of his posi­tion to coerce or to per­suade any per­son to fol­low any course of polit­i­cal action;
  6. Ini­ti­at­ing or cir­cu­lat­ing any peti­tions on behalf of a can­di­date or in sup­port of a polit­i­cal issue;
  7. Mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions of mon­ey in behalf of any can­di­date for office or any pub­lic or polit­i­cal issue;
  8. Dis­trib­ut­ing cam­paign lit­er­a­ture or mate­r­i­al in behalf of any candidate.

(B) A Deputy Sher­iff may, while off duty, while not in uni­form, and on a vol­un­tary basis, par­tic­i­pate in any of the fol­low­ing activities:

  1. Vote as he chooses;
  2. Express his indi­vid­ual opin­ion on polit­i­cal sub­jects and candidates;
  3. Engage in par­ti­san polit­i­cal man­age­ment or campaigning;
  4. Make speech­es, write on behalf of a can­di­date or solic­it vot­ers to sup­port or oppose a candidate;
  5. Attend a polit­i­cal meet­ing or ral­ly, includ­ing com­mit­tee meet­ings of polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tions, and serve on a com­mit­tee which orga­nizes or directs activ­i­ties at a par­ti­san cam­paign meet­ing or rally;
  6. Sign nom­i­nat­ing peti­tions for a can­di­date in a par­ti­san elec­tion for pub­lic office and orig­i­nate or cir­cu­late such petitions;
  7. Dri­ve vot­ers to the polls;
  8. Make finan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to a polit­i­cal par­ty or organization;
  9. Solic­it and col­lect vol­un­tary polit­i­cal contributions.

The use of coun­­­ty-owned vehi­cles, equip­ment or sup­plies in con­nec­tion with such per­mit­ted activ­i­ties is for­bid­den and will con­sti­tute grounds for discharge.

(C) A Deputy Sher­iff may be appoint­ed a Deputy Sher­iff while hold­ing a pub­lic office or may accept appoint­ment to fill a vacan­cy in an elec­tive office while con­cur­rent­ly serv­ing as a Deputy Sher­iff where no con­flict of inter­est exists.

(D) No Deputy Sher­iff shall be required, as a con­di­tion of his employ­ment or tenure, to work or make con­tri­bu­tions in behalf of any polit­i­cal par­ty or can­di­date for polit­i­cal office.

No mem­ber of the Sheriff’s Depart­ment who is under the juris­dic­tion of the Mer­it Com­mis­sion shall:

(A) Vio­late any law or statute of the­Unit­ed State or this State.

(B) Vio­late any coun­ty or munic­i­pal ordinance.

(C) Vio­late any gen­er­al orders, spe­cial orders, or rules and reg­u­la­tions of the Sheriff’s Depart­ment which are not incon­sis­tent with these Rules, Reg­u­la­tions and Procedures.

(D) Fail to obey a law­ful order.

(E) Be insub­or­di­nate to or show dis­re­spect for a supe­ri­or officer.

(F) Mis­treat a subordinate.

(G) Neglect to per­form his duties effi­cient­ly and effectively.

(H) Engage in any con­duct unbe­com­ing to a mem­ber of the Depart­ment or which tends to reflect dis­cred­it upon the Department.

(I) Leave his assign­ment with­out per­mis­sion or with­out being prop­er­ly relieved, or be absent from duty with­out leave or appro­pri­ate permission.

(J)  Will­ful­ly destroy or dam­age any Depart­ment prop­er­ty or use such prop­er­ty with­out authority.

(K) Receive, solic­it or attempt to solic­it mon­ey or any­thing of val­ue for per­form­ing or fail­ing to per­form any assigned duty.

(L) Dis­sem­i­nate or release infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing essen­tial police mat­ters except where prop­er­ly autho­rized to do so.

Any mem­ber of the Sheriff’s Depart­ment who shall be found guilty of vio­lat­ing any of the rules and reg­u­la­tions here­inafter set forth shall be sub­ject to dis­ci­pli­nary action by the Sher­iff and the Mer­it Commission.