(A)   It is the policy of the City of Waverly to provide a safe, secure and healthy environment for employees, public officials and citizens when engaged in city business. The city is committed to working to maintain a work environment free from acts or threats of violence, harassment, intimidation and other disruptive behavior.
   (B)   Acts of violence, threats, harassment, intimidation and other disruptive behavior in the workplace will not be tolerated. All reports of such conduct will be taken seriously and will be dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner. The behavior described above can include oral or written statements, gestures, or expressions that communicate either a direct or indirect threat. Individuals who commit such acts may be removed from city property and may be subject to disciplinary action, criminal penalties, or both.
   (C)   The cooperation of all persons subject to this code of conduct is needed to implement this policy effectively. They should not ignore violent, threatening, harassing, intimidating or other disruptive behavior. If they observe or experience any behavior prohibited by this code of conduct, by anyone engaged in city business or acting on behalf of the city in any way, it should be reported immediately to any city employee or city official who will initiate the appropriate action.
   (D)   Council members’ statutory duties are performed primarily by the Council as a whole. The Council, and not individual members, supervises administrative officers and employees. Individuals do not give orders or otherwise supervise city employees, unless directed to do so by the Council. The Council as a unit, however, has complete authority over all administrative affairs in the city; this authority is primarily implemented through the City Clerk/Treasurer. It is the policy of the Council that each Councilperson will respect the abilities, experience, and dignity of each city employee.
(Ord. 09-02, passed 5-12-09)