218.02  ETHICS TRAINING REQUIREMENT.
   (a)   All elected and appointed officials of the City of Newark as defined herein, unless exempted pursuant to Section 218.01 (c) hereof, shall attend no less than one hour of public ethics training every two years as offered or endorsed by the Ohio Ethics Commission or the Ohio Municipal League unless an extension of up to six additional months is granted to such elected or appointed official by the Director of Law due to the unavailability of such training.
   (b)   Newly elected or appointed officials as defined herein shall complete an initial public ethics training session as required herein within six months of taking office or of appointment unless an extension of up to six additional months is granted to such elected or appointed official by the Director of Law due to the unavailability of such training within six months of taking office or appointment. Existing elected or appointed officials as defined herein shall complete an initial public ethics training session as required herein within six months of the adoption of this section unless an extension of up to six additional months is granted to such elected or appointed official by the Director of Law due to the unavailability of such training within six months of the adoption of this section and then one hour during their elected appointed authority’s four year term thereafter as set forth herein.
   (c)   Each elected or appointed official shall obtain a certificate of completion for each required public ethics training session completed. Appointed officials shall provide such certificate to their appointing authority who shall maintain such certificate as a public record subject to public inspection for a period of not less than ten years. All ward and at-large City Council members as well as Council President and Clerk of Council shall provide the certificate of completion to the Clerk of Council who shall maintain such certificate as a public record subject to public inspection for a period of not less than ten years. Other elected officials required by this section to complete public ethics training shall obtain a certificate of completion for each required public ethics training session completed and shall maintain such certificate of completion in their respective offices as a public record subject to public inspection for a period of not less than ten years.
(Ord. 15-31A.  Passed 12-21-15; Ord. 18-25.  Passed 9-4-18.)