Human Resources - Governor’s Notice to Potential State Employees

Dear Potential State of Connecticut Employee:

Thank you for considering employment with the State of Connecticut. As an employee for the State, you will be bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees. We would like to give you an introduction to this Code as you consider employment with the State. A copy of the Guide to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees is attached.

Before you accept any employment with the State of Connecticut, you must be aware of the Code and should consider any possible conflict of interests. The principle provisions of the Code are as follows:

  • GIFTS.  In general, state employees are prohibited from accepting gifts from anyone doing business with, seeking to do business with, or directly regulated by the state employee’s agency or department or from persons known to be a registered lobbyist or lobbyist’s representative.

  • FINANCIAL BENEFIT. A state employee is prohibited from using his/her office for the financial benefit of the individual, certain family members, or that of an associated business.

  • OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT. A state employee may not accept outside employment which will impair his/her independence of judgment as to official state duties or which would induce the disclosure of confidential information. Generally, outside employment is barred if the private employer can benefit from the state employee’s official actions.

  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE. Certain state employees are required to file a financial disclosure statement with the State Ethics Commission. This statement will be considered public information.

  • POST-STATE EMPLOYMENT. There may be post-employment restrictions, known as “revolving door” prohibitions. For example, there are restrictions on accepting employment with a party to certain contracts if you were involved in the negotiation or award of the contract; for one year after leaving state service, you may not represent anyone for compensation before your former agency; certain designated individuals in the State’s regulatory agencies may not, for one year after leaving state service, accept employment with any business subject to regulation by their former agency.

Please be advised that this is only a general overview. If you have specific questions about the State Code of Ethics, you should ask for the contact information for the agency’s Ethics Liaison Officer or call the State Ethics Commission directly at (860) 566-4472.

Again, thank you for your consideration and best wishes in your job search.


Governor M. Jodi Rell

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