Sec. 2-81.  Declaration of policy.


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