ITEM X-8.  BOARD OF ETHICS.
   (a)   There is hereby created a Board of Ethics, consisting of three members appointed by the Mayor, subject to the approval of a majority of the members elected to Council.  The initial members of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor not later than December 1, 1967.  The members of such Board shall serve without compensation for three-year terms, except that of the original appointments, one shall be for a term expiring June 30, 1969, one for a term expiring June 30, 1970, and one for a term expiring June 30, 1971.
 
   (b)   The Board of Ethics shall have the following functions, powers and duties:
      1.   The Board shall receive complaints against Members of Council, officers and employees of the City, and members of any board or commission of the City concerning conduct alleged to be in violation of any provisions of this Charter or any law or ordinance which establishes ethical standards for or otherwise regulates the conduct of Members of Council, officers or employees of the City or members of any board or commission of the City.  The Board shall investigate each complaint and render a report to the Mayor and Council.
      2.   Upon the written request of any Member of Council, officer or employee of the City, or member of any board or commission of the City, or whenever it deems it advisable, the Board may render advisory opinions with regard to questions concerning ethics, conflicts of interest or other matters involving performance of official duties.
      3.   The Board shall recommend legislation, and amendments thereof, to Council relating to standards of conduct for Members of Council, officers and employees of the City, and members of any board or commission of the City with respect to interests in contracts, work or services with or for the City, representation of private interests before municipal agencies and courts, disclosure of interest in legislation before Council, acceptance of gifts and favors, disclosure of confidential information, holding of investments in conflict with official duties, incompatible employment, future employment and such other standards of conduct as it may deem advisable.
      4.   In cooperation with the Mayor and Council, the Board may provide a continuing program of education and information for Members of Council, officers and employees of the City and members of any board or commission of the City with regard to ethics, conflicts of interest and other matters involving performance of official duties.
 
   (c)   Every department, division, board, commission or other agency of the City shall furnish to the Board of Ethics such data, information, statements and assistance as may be necessary for the proper exercise of its functions, powers and duties.  The Board of Ethics shall adopt uniform rules and regulations for the method of performing its functions, powers and duties, including the filing of complaints, the conduct of investigations, hearings and deliberations, issuance of reports, and the conduct of its meetings.
(Amended 11/7/67)