An Ordinance Revising Ashland Ethics Provisions (AMC 3.08.020)
|Meeting Date:||April 3, 2007||Primary Staff Contact:||Michael W. Franell|
|Approval:||Martha Bennett||Estimate Time:||20 minutes|
Attached is an ordinance which would amend the ethics provisions in Ashland Municipal Code. The primary change made to the current ethics code is to also include elected officials and appointed officials in its applicability. A provision restricting appointed officials from representing clients for hire before any body of the city on a matter that will or has come before the body to which the official is appointed to serve has been added. Additionally, procedures for addressing the applicability of the code provisions has been added, with the City Administrator making that determination for applicability to employees and the City Council making the determination of applicability to appointed and elected officials.
The Ashland City Council held a study session March 6, 2006, to discuss the possibility of amending the ethics provisions within the Ashland Municipal Code. After careful consideration the City Council indicated an interest in:
The proposed ordinance would amend the ethics provisions in the Ashland Municipal Code to apply to elected and appointed officials in addition to employees. Additionally, the amendments would prevent an appointed official from representing clients for hire before any board or commission or before the City Council on matters which would come before the board or commission on which the appointed official sits. The proposed changes also add exceptions for the use of public property for private benefit for instances which are specifically set forth as a benefit of employment and for the granting of special treatment or advantage to a citizen when provided for by law. Finally, the proposed ordinance permits determinations of applicability by the City Administrator for applicability to employees and determinations of applicability by the City Council for applicability to appointed and/or elected officials. The sanctions paragraph has been amended to provide violations are considered cause for discipline.
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The Council could adopt the proposed ordinance amending the Ashland ethics provisions as stated above.
The Council could amend the proposed ordinance.
The Council could reject the proposed changes, thereby, leaving the ethics provisions applicable only to city of Ashland employees.
|Staff Recommendation: |
Staff recommends the City Council adopt An Ordinance Amending AMC 3.08.020 To Apply Ethics Provisions To Employees, Appointed Officials And Elected Officials by title only on first reading and move to second reading.
I move the Council adopt An Ordinance Amending AMC 3.08.020 To Apply Ethics Provisions To Employees, Appointed Officials And Elected Officials by title only on first reading and move to second reading.
I move the Council adopt An Ordinance Amending AMC 3.08.020 To Apply Ethics Provisions To Employees, Appointed Officials And Elected Officials by title only on first reading as amended . . . and move to second reading. (Note: If you make amendments, please be sure to identify the included amendments when making this motion).
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• Proposed ordinance.
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