(a)   No member of Council, member of the City administration, party to any proceedings before a hearing examiner, or any other person shall interfere with, attempt to interfere with, or improperly influence or attempt to improperly influence a hearing examiner in the performance of the duties of office.
   (b)   An examiner may not conduct or participate in any hearing or decision in which the examiner or any of the following persons has a direct or substantial financial interest: a spouse, brother, sister, child, parent, or in-law of the examiner, or business firm or organization in which the examiner has a substantial interest.  The examiner shall promptly report to the City Manager any attempt at interference or improper influence or any actual or potential conflict prior to such hearing.
   (c)   Wherever it may be shown to the satisfaction of the city manager that an examiner was subjected to improper influence, interference or interest, such improper influence, interference or interest shall be grounds for vacating any decision made by the examiner in such proceedings.
(Ord. 3100.  Passed 12-15-09.)