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After inauguration, Chafee signs order on ethics

January 4, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Just hours after being sworn in as Rhode Island's first independent governor, Lincoln Chafee (CHAY-fee) has signed his first executive order directing state employees to comply with laws on ethics and open government.

The order signed Tuesday afternoon also instructs state departments and commissions to appoint an ethics officer who will be a resource for compliance with ethics laws. The officer will also alert the governor's office of any ethical questions.

Chafee's executive order also calls for state employees who answer to the governor's office to commit to a series of "ethical principles" that include not using their public position for private gain and to serve the public with respect.