525.10  HAVING AN UNLAWFUL INTEREST IN A PUBLIC CONTRACT.
   (a)   No public official shall knowingly do any of the following:
      (1)   During his term of office or within one year thereafter, occupy any position of profit in the prosecution of a public contract authorized by him or by a legislative body, commission or board of which he was a member at the time of authorization, unless the contract was let by competitive bidding to the lowest and best bidder;
      (2)   Have an interest in the profits or benefits of a public contract entered into by or for the use of the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality with which he is connected;
      (3)   Have an interest in the profits or benefits of a public contract which is not let by competitive bidding when required by law, and which involves more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).
   (b)   In the absence of bribery or a purpose to defraud, a public servant, member of his family or any of his associates shall not be considered as having an interest in a
public contract when all of the following apply:
      (1)   The interest of such person is limited to owning or controlling shares of the corporation, or being a creditor of the corporation or other organization, which is the contractor on the public contract involved, or which is the issuer of the security in which public funds are invested;
      (2)   The shares owned or controlled by such person do not exceed five percent of the outstanding shares of the corporation, and the amount due such person as creditor does not exceed five percent of the total indebtedness of the corporation or other organization;
      (3)   Such person, prior to the time the public contract is entered into, files with the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality involved, an affidavit giving his exact status in connection with the corporation or other organization.
   (c)   This section does not apply to a public contract in which a public servant, member of his family, or one of his business associates, has an interest, when all of the following apply:
      (1)   The subject of the public contract is necessary supplies or services for the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality involved;
      (2)   The supplies or services are unobtainable elsewhere for the same or lower cost, or are being furnished to the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality as part of a continuing course of dealing established prior to the public servant's becoming associated with the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality involved;
      (3)   The treatment accorded the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality is either preferential to or the same as that accorded other customers or clients in similar transactions;
      (4)   The entire transaction is conducted at arm's length, with full knowledge by the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality involved, of the interest of the public servant, and the public servant takes no part in the deliberations or decision of the Municipality or governmental agency or instrumentality with respect to the public contract.
   (d)   It is not a violation of this section for the chief legal officer or an official designated as the prosecutor in the Municipality to appoint assistants and employees in accordance with Ohio R.C. 733.621.
   (e)   As used in this section:
      (1)   “Public contract” means any of the following:
         A.    The purchase or acquisition, or a contract for the purchase or acquisition, of property or services by or for the use of the Municipality or any agency or instrumentality of the Municipality;
          B.    A contract for the design, construction, alteration, repair or maintenance of any public property.
      (2)   “Chief legal officer” has the same meaning as in Ohio R.C. 733.621.
   (f)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(ORC 2921.42)