§ 31.28  STANDARDS OF CONDUCT.
   (A)   No city government officer or employee or member of his immediate family shall have an interest in a business organization or engage in any business, transaction, or professional activity, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his duties in the public interest.
   (B)   No city government officer or employee shall use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself.
   (C)   No city government officer shall act in his official capacity in any matter where he, a member of his immediate family, or a business organization in which he has an interest, has a direct or indirect financial or person involvement that might reasonably be expected to impair his objectivity or independence of judgment.
   (D)   No city government officer or employee shall undertake any employment or service, compensated or not, which might reasonably be expected to prejudice his independence of judgement in the exercise of his official duties.
   (E)   No city government officer or employee shall be prohibited from giving or receiving an award  publicly  presented  in recognition of public service, commercially reasonable loans made in the ordinary course of the lender's business, or reasonable hosting, including travel and expenses, entertainment, meals or refreshments furnished in connection with public events, appearance, ceremonies or fact finding trips related to official city government business.
   (F)   No city government officer shall be prohibited from accepting a gratuity for solemnizing a marriage.
   (G)   No city government officer or employee shall use, or allow to be used, in his public office or employment, or any information, not generally available to the members of the public, which he receives or acquires in the course of and by reason of his office or employment, for the purpose of securing financial gain for himself, any member of his family, or any business organization with which he is associated.
   (H)   No city government officer or employee or business organization in which he has an interest shall represent any person or party other than the city government in connection with any cause, proceeding, application or other matter pending before any agency in the city government in which he serves.
   (I)   No city government officer shall be deemed in conflict with these provisions if, by reason of this participation in the enactment of any ordinance, resolution or other matter required to be voted upon, no material or monetary gain accrues to him as a member of any business, profession, occupation or group, to any greater extent than any gain could reasonably be expected to accrue to any other member of such business, profession, occupation or group.
   (J)   No elected city government officer shall be prohibited from making an inquiry for information or providing assistance on behalf of a constituent, if no fee, reward or other thing of value is promised to, given to or accepted by the officer or a member of his immediate family, whether directly or indirectly, in return therefore.
   (K)   Nothing shall prohibit any city government officer or employee, or members of his immediate family, from representing himself, or themselves, in negotiations or proceedings concerning his, or their, own interests.
(Ord. 155-1994, passed 11-17-94)