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(A) An officer or employee of the city shall not:
(1) Accept or solicit a benefit that might reasonably tend to influence the officer or employee in the discharge of his official duties.
(2) Use his official position to secure special privilege or exemptions for himself or others.
(3) Grant any special consideration, treatment or advantage to a person or organization beyond that which is available to every other person or organization. This shall not prohibit the granting of fringe benefits to city employees a part of their contract of employment or as an added incentive to the securing or retaining of employees.
(4) Disclose information that could adversely affect the property of affairs of the city, or directly or indirectly, use any information understood to be confidential which was gained by reason of his official position or employment for his own personal gain or benefit or for the private interest of others.
(5) Transact any business on behalf of the city in his official capacity with any business entity with which he is an officer, agent or member or in which he has a financial interest. In the event that such a circumstance should arise, then he shall make known his interest; and:
(a) In the case of an officer, leave the room during debate or hearing, refrain from discussing the matter at any time with the members of the body of which he is a member or any other body which will consider the matter and abstain from voting on the matter; or
(b) In the case of an employee, turn the matter over to his superior for reassignment, state the reasons for doing so and have nothing further to do with the matter involved.
(6) Personally provide services for compensation, directly or indirectly, to a person or organization who is requesting an approval, investigation, or determination from the body or department of which the officer or employee is a member. This restriction does not apply to outside employment of an officer if the employment is the officer's primary source of income.
(7) Accept other employment or engage in outside activities incompatible with the full and proper discharge of his duties and responsibilities with the city, or which might impair his independent judgment in the performance of his public duty.
(8) Personally participate in a decision, approval, disapproval, recommendation, investigation, or rendering of advice in a proceeding, application, request for ruling or determination, contract, claim, or other matter under the jurisdiction of the city, if the officer or employee is negotiating or has an arrangement concerning prospective employment with a person or organization which has a financial interest in the matter, and, in the case of an employee, it has been determined by the City Manager that a conflict of interest exists. If an officer or employee begins negotiation or enters an arrangement concerning prospective employment with a person or organization that has a financial interest in a matter in which the officer or employee has been participating, the officer or employee shall:
(a) In the case of an employee, immediately notify the official responsible for appointment to his position of the nature of the negotiation or arrangement and, if the City Manager or Mayor determines that a conflict of interest exists, follow the instructions of the City Manager or Mayor with regard to further involvement in the matter; or
(b) In the case of a board member, immediately notify the board of which he is a member the nature of the negotiation or arrangement and:
1. Refrain from discussing the matter at any time with other board members or members of the City Council if the City Council will also consider the matter;
2. Leave the room during debate hearing on the matter; and
3. Abstain from voting on the matter; or
4. In the case of the Mayor or a member of the City Council, file an affidavit with the City Secretary regarding the nature of the negotiation or arrangement and:
a. Refrain from discussing the matter at any time with other Council members or members of a board that will consider the matter;
b. Leave the room during debate or hearing on the matter; and
c. Abstain from voting on the matter.
(9) Receive any fee or compensation for his services as an officer or employee of the city from any source other than the city, except as may be otherwise provided by law. This shall not prohibit his performing the same or other services for a public or private organization that he performs for the city if there is no conflict with his city duties and responsibilities.
(10) In the case of a member of the City Council or an employee, personally represent, or appear in behalf of, the private interest of others:
(a) Before the City Council or any city board or department;
(b) In any proceeding involving the city; or
(c) In any litigation to which the city is a party.
(11) In the case of a board member, personally represent or appear in behalf of, the private interests of others:
(a) Before the board of which he is a member;
(b) Before the City Council;
(c) Before a board which has appellate jurisdiction over the board of which he is a member; or
(d) In litigation or a claim to which the city or an employee of the city is a party if the interests of the person being represented are adverse to the city or an employee of the city and the subject of the litigation or claim involves the board on which the board member is serving or the department providing support services to that board.
(12) Use the prestige of his position with the city in behalf of any political party.
(13) Knowingly perform or refuse to perform any act in order to deliberately thwart the execution of the city ordinances, rules or regulations or the achievement of official city programs.
(14) Use city supplies, equipment or facilities for any purpose other than the conduct of official city business.
(15) Engage in any dishonest or criminal act or any other conduct prejudicial to the government of the city or that reflects discredit upon the government of the city.
(Ord. 2019-2567, passed 2-19-19)