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(A) The citizens of the city are entitled to have fair, ethical and accountable local government that has earned the public's full confidence for integrity.
(B) Furthermore, the effective functioning of democratic government requires that public officials, both elected and appointed, comply with both the letter and spirit of the laws and policies affecting the operations of government; public officials be independent, impartial and fair in their judgment and actions; public office be used for the public good, not for personal gain; and public deliberations and processes be conducted openly, unless legally confidential, in an atmosphere of respect and civility.
(C) To this end, the City Council adopts this chapter to assure public confidence in the integrity of local government and its effective and fair operation. Serving in local government is the holding of public trust. This trust should never be undermined.
(D) In all actions, employees, the City Manager, and City Council members will adhere to all local, state and federal laws regulating ethical action. Various professional codes of ethics and other similar documents may be used to supplement determinations of ethical conduct.
(Ord. 793 of 2018, passed 6-18-2018)