City seeks public comment on ethics code update

Public meetings Wednesday, Thursday in Council Briefing Center

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.

The City is asking for public input on proposed updates to its Code of Ethics.

Public meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in the City Council Brief Center in the lower level of City Hall to discuss the first changes to the Code of Ethics in a decade. The meeting on Wednesday is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday’s meeting is from 6-7 p.m.

“This update formalizes our commitment to deliver outstanding service through greater transparency,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “The proposed updates establish a clearer process that protects the City, its citizens and the employees.”

Proposed updates refine private employment prohibitions following City service, better define gifts and gratuities, and under what circumstances employees and officials can accept them, expand penalties for noncompliance, provide a review and appeal process to the City Council and Superior Court, expand the power of the citizen Ethics Committee, and increase possible sanctions available for violation, and further define the complaint process.

The Code of ethics covers employees, elected officials, and members of boards and commissions, whether paid or unpaid.