It is the policy of the city that the proper operation of democratic government requires that public officials and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people; that governmental decisions and policy be made in proper channels of the governmental structure; that public office not be used for personal gain; and that the public have confidence in the integrity of its government. In recognition of these goals, a code of ethics for all city officials and employees is adopted.
This code has four (4) purposes: (1) to encourage high ethical standards in official conduct by city officials and employees; (2) to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all such officials and employees by setting forth those acts or actions that are incompatible with the best interests of the city; (3) to require disclosure by such officials and employees of private financial or other interests in matters affecting the city; and (4) to serve as a basis for disciplining those who fail to abide by its terms.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to political contributions, loans, expenditures, reports or regulation of political campaigns or the conduct of candidates in such campaigns.
The city council may adopt, amend, and rescind rules of procedure to carry out the provisions of this chapter. Such rules shall be consistent with this chapter and other applicable law.
Source: Ord. No. 3625, § 2, 2-21-89