At their last meeting, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to schedule the first and only public hearing for June 18, 2019, to consider the adoption of an ordinance providing for a Code of Ethics. After conducting meetings and public hearings, the Citizen Charter Review Committee (“CCRC”) recommended amending the Charter to provide for a Code of Ethics to be enacted by ordinance.
At the November 6, 2018 General Election, the Leon County electorate voted affirmatively to amend the Charter to provide for enactment of a Code of Ethics ordinance. The Code of Ethics ordinance must be adopted by the Board no later than the first Board meeting in December of 2019.
The Code of Ethics Ordinance prescribes standards of conduct for members of the Board, County employees, and members of Board-appointed boards and committees, and includes provisions defining offenses and penalties, and lobbyist regulations.
The provisions in the Code of Ethics Ordinance are based on the Charter, Board Policy No. 03-05 (Code of Ethics), Leon County Human Resources Policies and Procedures, Board Policy No. 01-08 (Candidacy for Political Office, Employees and Volunteers), and the lobbyist regulations previously adopted and set forth in Chapter 2, Article XII of the Code of Laws.