employees

City Employees

A City employee is an individual who is not required to file a Form 700 because the City position the individual holds is not identified in Schedule A of a department conflict of interests code.

REQUIREMENTS

Record Keeping

City employees must create and maintain detailed records that are necessary to show that they have complied with the governmental ethics laws. Records must be maintained for at least four years.

LIMITATIONS

  • Conflicts of Interests

    City employees are prohibited from participating in, making, or attempting to influence City decisions that could foreseeably affect their personal financial interests or the personal financial interests of their immediate family members. When such a conflict may exist, they must seek advice from the City Attorney’s office and may be required to recuse themselves from participating in the government decision. In addition to conflicts resulting from financial interests, the City Attorney’s office has the authority to decide that the public interest prevents a City employee from acting on a matter, even if a financial interest is not affected.

    In the first 12 months of City service, City employees are prohibited from knowingly participating in, making, or attempting to influence a City decision related to a contract if a party to the contract is a person by whom the City employee was employed in the 12 months prior to entering City service.

  • Misuse of Position

    City employees may not use their positions to create a private advantage or disadvantage for any person. In addition, they may not use or authorize the use of City resources for non-City purposes. They are also prohibited from misusing or disclosing confidential information acquired as a result of their City service.

  • Outside Employment

    City employees may not engage in outside employment while on City time or using City resources.

  • Political Activity

    City employees may not engage in political activity while on duty for the City or using City resources or facilities. They may not communicate in a manner that implies they are speaking on behalf of the City. They may not solicit campaign contributions from other City personnel, and they may not receive or deliver campaign contributions in City Hall or another City-owned space. City employees may not use or authorize the use of City facilities or resources for campaign activity.

  • Revolving Door

    A City employee is permanently prohibited from receiving compensation to attempt to influence City action on a matter in which the City employee personally and substantially participated during City service. The ban lasts as long as the matter is pending with a City agency or the City is a party to the matter. The ban extends to advising or assisting someone else who attempts to influence action on the matter. City employees are also prohibited from receiving benefits from contracts they participated in creating while with the City.

WHAT DO I FILE?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For questions regarding specific scenarios, please contact us prior to taking action.

  • Can I volunteer to work on a City candidate’s campaign?

    Yes. However, you may not engage in campaign work on City time or use City resources. In addition, you may not do anything that implies that you are speaking on behalf of the City or that the City endorses the candidate.

  • I am leaving the City and would like to join a consulting firm that helps clients get City projects completed. Can I do that?

    You may join a consulting firm after leaving City office, but your activity for that firm is limited. You may not attempt to influence the City regarding any matter in which you personally and substantially participated during City service, and you may not advise anyone else who might attempt to influence the matter.

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REQUIREMENTS

Record Keeping

City employees must create and maintain detailed records that are necessary to show that they have complied with the governmental ethics laws. Records must be maintained for at least four years.

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LIMITATIONS

  • Conflicts of Interests

    City employees are prohibited from participating in, making, or attempting to influence City decisions that could foreseeably affect their personal financial interests or the personal financial interests of their immediate family members. When such a conflict may exist, they must seek advice from the City Attorney’s office and may be required to recuse themselves from participating in the government decision. In addition to conflicts resulting from financial interests, the City Attorney’s office has the authority to decide that the public interest prevents a City employee from acting on a matter, even if a financial interest is not affected.

    In the first 12 months of City service, City employees are prohibited from knowingly participating in, making, or attempting to influence a City decision related to a contract if a party to the contract is a person by whom the City employee was employed in the 12 months prior to entering City service.

  • Misuse of Position

    City employees may not use their positions to create a private advantage or disadvantage for any person. In addition, they may not use or authorize the use of City resources for non-City purposes. They are also prohibited from misusing or disclosing confidential information acquired as a result of their City service.

  • Outside Employment

    City employees may not engage in outside employment while on City time or using City resources.

  • Political Activity

    City employees may not engage in political activity while on duty for the City or using City resources or facilities. They may not communicate in a manner that implies they are speaking on behalf of the City. They may not solicit campaign contributions from other City personnel, and they may not receive or deliver campaign contributions in City Hall or another City-owned space. City employees may not use or authorize the use of City facilities or resources for campaign activity.

  • Revolving Door

    A City employee is permanently prohibited from receiving compensation to attempt to influence City action on a matter in which the City employee personally and substantially participated during City service. The ban lasts as long as the matter is pending with a City agency or the City is a party to the matter. The ban extends to advising or assisting someone else who attempts to influence action on the matter. City employees are also prohibited from receiving benefits from contracts they participated in creating while with the City.

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WHAT DO I FILE?

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For questions regarding specific scenarios, please contact us prior to taking action.

  • Can I volunteer to work on a City candidate’s campaign?

    Yes. However, you may not engage in campaign work on City time or use City resources. In addition, you may not do anything that implies that you are speaking on behalf of the City or that the City endorses the candidate.

  • I am leaving the City and would like to join a consulting firm that helps clients get City projects completed. Can I do that?

    You may join a consulting firm after leaving City office, but your activity for that firm is limited. You may not attempt to influence the City regarding any matter in which you personally and substantially participated during City service, and you may not advise anyone else who might attempt to influence the matter.

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PUBLIC DATA PORTAL

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