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Defamation: What Are Your Rights?

Unlike the officers and employees of a private corporation, as an officer or employee of a local government, you are often in the public spotlight. Being in the spotlight can often be difficult as it exposes you to significant public scrutiny. You are, in many ways, seen as the face of the local government, and the public views you as being responsible for the decisions of the local government. Indeed, in some cases, the public views you as making those decisions. This public perception can sometimes be positive and rewarding. At other times, especially, for example, in the months immediately before and after an election or when your local government is considering controversial issues around land use planning, this public perception can be negative and feel like a personal attack.

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