The purpose of City government is to serve the public. City officials treat their office as a public trust.
A. The City’s powers and resources are used for the benefit of the public rather than any official’s personal benefit.
B. City officials ensure public respect by avoiding even the appearance of impropriety.
C. Policymakers place long-term benefit to the public as a whole above all other considerations, including important individuals and special interests. However, the public interest includes protecting the rights of under-represented minorities.
D. Administrators implement policies in good faith as equitably and economically as possible, regardless of their personal views.
E. Whistle-blowing is appropriate on unlawful or improper actions.
F. Citizens have a fair and equal opportunity to express their views to City officials.
G. City officials do not give the appearance of impropriety or personal gain by accepting personal gifts.
H. City officials devote City resources, including paid time, working supplies and capital assets, to benefit the public.
I. Political campaigns are not conducted on City time or property.