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(A) There is hereby created a Board of Ethics which shall have the authorities, duties, and responsibilities as set forth in this article to enforce the provisions of this article.
(B) The Board of Ethics shall consist of five (5) members who shall be appointed by the city board of commissioners. The initial members of the Board of Ethics shall be appointed within one hundred and eighty (180) days of the effective date of this article. No member of the Board of Ethics shall hold any elected or appointed office, whether paid or unpaid, or any position of employment with the city or any city agency. The members shall serve for a term of three (3) years; except that with respect to the members initially appointed, one (1) member shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year, two (2) members shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years, and two (2) members shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for a term of three (3) years. Each member of the Board of Ethics shall have been a resident of the city for at least one (1) year prior to the date of the appointment and shall reside in the city throughout the term in office. The members of the Board of Ethics shall be chosen by virtue of their known and consistent reputation for integrity and their knowledge of local government affairs. The members may be re-appointed for any number of consecutive terms.
(C) A member of the Board of Ethics may be removed by the board of commissioners for misconduct, inability or willful neglect of duties. Before any member of the Board of Ethics is removed from office under this section, the member shall be afforded the opportunity for a hearing before the board of commissioners.
(D) Vacancies on the Board of Ethics shall be filled within sixty (60) days by the board of commissioners. If a vacancy is not filled by the board of commissioners within sixty (60) days, the remaining members of the Board of Ethics shall fill the vacancy. All vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(E) Members of the Board of Ethics shall serve without compensation unless otherwise approved by the board of commissioners, but shall be reimbursed for all necessary and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(F) The Board of Ethics shall, upon the initial appointment of its members and annually thereafter, elect a chairperson from among the membership. The chairperson shall be the presiding officer and a full voting member of the Board.
(G) Meetings of the Board of Ethics shall be held, as necessary, upon the call of the chairperson or at the written request of a majority of the members.
(H) The presence of three (3) or more members shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of three (3) or more members shall be necessary for any official action to be taken. Any member of the Board of Ethics who has a conflict of interest with respect to any matter to be considered by the Board shall disclose the nature of the conflict, shall disqualify himself from voting on the matter and shall not be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum.
(I) Minutes shall be kept for all proceedings of the Board of Ethics and the vote of each member on any issue decided by the Board shall be recorded in the minutes.
(Ord. No. 1504, § 21, passed 4-25-95)