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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 chapter to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
(B) The Board of Ethics shall consist of three members who shall be appointed by the executive authority of the city, subject to the approval of the legislative body. The initial members of the Board of Ethics shall be appointed within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter. 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. Effective January 1, 2000, Board members shall be appointed for one-time terms of office of one year, two years and three years respectively. The executive authority shall determine which members are to serve for each term of office length. Thereafter, all members shall serve for a term of three years and may be reappointed for additional terms. Each member of the Board of Ethics shall have been a resident of the city for at least one 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.
(C) A member of the Board of Ethics may be removed by majority vote of the legislative body 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 legislative body.
(D) Vacancies on the Board of Ethics shall be filled within 60 days by the executive authority, subject to the approval of the legislative body. If a vacancy is not filled by the executive authority within 60 days, the legislative body 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 legislative body, but shall be reimbursed for all necessary and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties subject to prior review and approval of the City Administrative Officer.
(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 two or more members shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of two 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 or herself 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. O-19-94, passed 12-5-94; Am. Ord. O-28-99, passed 1-3-00)