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A complaint that a city officer or city employee, whether appointed, paid or unpaid, or a member of a city board, city commission or city committee has violated the conflicts of interest or standards of conduct outlined in this subchapter shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. All complaints shall be referred to the board of ethics who shall review the complaint in the light of the conflicts of interest and standards of conduct as set forth in this subchapter. A copy of the complaint shall be sent to the city employee or officer against whom a complaint has been filed by certified mail within two business days of the filing of the complaint. All complaints and any subsequent filings and proceedings of the board shall remain confidential unless otherwise provided herein. No board member, complainant, nor any person who has access to any confidential information related to the functions or activities of the board shall divulge that information to any other person who is not authorized to have it. The person accused may choose to waive confidentiality and make public the complaint. Upon the election by the accused, any subsequent filings and proceedings before the board become public. If the accused chooses to waive confidentiality, then the board has the right to make a public statement limited to that information as reasonably necessary to mitigate any adverse publicity resulting from the public statement by the accused person.
(1992 Code, § 12.5-23) (Ord. 24-09, passed 3-16-2009; Ord. 03-11, passed 1-18-2011; Ord. 57-12, passed 8-7-2012)