The City’s Independent Ethics Board has been considering adopting an ethics pledge for Board members since November of last year. However, it appears the Board members cannot get comfortable with the language.
In addition, during the meeting, City Attorney Lew Shelley, representing the City Commission, spoke to the Board and urged them not to adopt the pledge.
The pledge, labeled as a “personal ethics statement’, was on the agenda for the last Ethics Board meeting.
The pledge addresses potential conflicts that might arise with Board members such as a Board member working for the City or securing a financial benefit from the City.
The proposed pledge is shown below:
During my term on the board:
A. I will voluntarily file the additional financial disclosures required of city elected officials by section 2-8 of the city’s ethics code ordinance.
B. I will complete annual ethics training and understand the consequences of ethics code violations. I will abide by the policies, procedures, and bylaws of the ethics board.
C. I will not use my service on the board to obtain a financial benefit from the city for myself or any member of my immediate family. This does not include support or reimbursement I get solely for performing my board related duties.
D. I will not be an employee or elected or appointed official of the city, a lobbyist paid to influence any act of officials of the city, or a candidate or applicant for any office or position with the city. I was not for a period of at least ____ years before being appointed to the board.
E. I will not perform contract work for the city or the board or supervise or have direct responsibility for any person who does. I did not for a period of at least ____ years before being appointed to the board.
The final decision by the Board was to delay any action on the pledge.